Land cover change during a period of extensive landscape restoration in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China

Cadavid Restrepo, Angela M., Yang, Yu Rong, Hamm, Nicholas A. S., Gray, Darren J., Barnes, Tamsin S., Williams, Gail M., Soares Magalhães, Ricardo J., McManus, Donald P., Guo, Danhuai and Clements, Archie C. A. (2017) Land cover change during a period of extensive landscape restoration in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China. Science of the Total Environment, 59 669-679. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.04.124

Author Cadavid Restrepo, Angela M.
Yang, Yu Rong
Hamm, Nicholas A. S.
Gray, Darren J.
Barnes, Tamsin S.
Williams, Gail M.
Soares Magalhães, Ricardo J.
McManus, Donald P.
Guo, Danhuai
Clements, Archie C. A.
Title Land cover change during a period of extensive landscape restoration in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China
Journal name Science of the Total Environment   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1879-1026
Publication date 2017-11-15
Year available 2017
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.04.124
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 59
Start page 669
End page 679
Total pages 11
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Subject 2305 Environmental Engineering
2304 Environmental Chemistry
2311 Waste Management and Disposal
2310 Pollution
Abstract Environmental change has been a topic of great interest over the last century due to its potential impact on ecosystem services that are fundamental for sustainable development and human well-being. Here, we assess and quantify the spatial and temporal variation in land cover in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region (NHAR), China. With high-resolution (30 m) imagery from Landsat 4/5-TM and 8-OLI for the entire region, land cover maps of the region were created to explore local land cover changes in a spatially explicit way. The results suggest that land cover changes observed in NHAR from 1991 to 2015 reflect the main goals of a national policy implemented there to recover degraded landscapes. Forest, herbaceous vegetation and cultivated land increased by approximately 410,200 ha, 708,600 ha and 164,300 ha, respectively. The largest relative land cover change over the entire study period was the increase in forestland. Forest growth resulted mainly from the conversion of herbaceous vegetation (53.8%) and cultivated land (30.8%). Accurate information on the local patterns of land cover in NHAR may contribute to the future establishment of better landscape policies for ecosystem management and protection. Spatially explicit information on land cover change may also help decision makers to understand and respond appropriately to emerging environmental risks for the local population.
Keyword Environmental change
Land cover change
Geographic information systems
Remote sensing
Earth observations
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID APP1009539
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: HERDC Pre-Audit
School of Public Health Publications
School of Veterinary Science Publications
Admin Only - School of Public Health
Version Filter Type
Citation counts: TR Web of Science Citation Count  Cited 0 times in Thomson Reuters Web of Science Article
Scopus Citation Count Cited 3 times in Scopus Article | Citations
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Created: Wed, 28 Jun 2017, 13:30:26 EST by Dr Tamsin Barnes on behalf of School of Veterinary Science