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Impact of environmental factor variation on desertification: an example from the Shule River area
Author(s): Yushu Zhang; Xiangyun Li; Lixin Wang; Hongqi Zhang
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Paper Abstract

Variation of environmental factors plays an important roll in the process of desertification. In this paper, taking Shule River as an example, the variation and correlation coefficient was calculated to evaluate the main environmental factors’ changes and its relation to the state of desertification. The results obtained indicate that the variations of factors including meteorological factors and human active factors are obvious. Since 80’s the annual precipitation and annual number of sandstorm days have been declining in a fluctuating state. The population and the area of cultivated land have been increasing. The correlation analysis shows that there exist positive correlations between desertification and population and area of cultivated land. The correlation between area of desertification and annual wind speed, annual number of sandstorm days is significant. In Shule River area, desertification state has more obvious relation with human active factor, comparing with meteorological factors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 July 2003
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4890, Ecosystems Dynamics, Ecosystem-Society Interactions, and Remote Sensing Applications for Semi-Arid and Arid Land, (14 July 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.466195
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Yushu Zhang, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS (China)
Xiangyun Li, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS (China)
Xinjiang Institute of Scientific and Technological Policies Research (China)
Lixin Wang, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS (China)
Hongqi Zhang, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4890:
Ecosystems Dynamics, Ecosystem-Society Interactions, and Remote Sensing Applications for Semi-Arid and Arid Land
Xiaoling Pan; Wei Gao; Michael H. Glantz; Yoshiaki Honda, Editor(s)

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