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Oasis-desert landscape heterogeneity and spatial scaling of Fukang transect in Xinjiang, China
Author(s): Jie Zhang; Xiaoling Pan; Qingdong shi; Guanghui Lu
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Paper Abstract

Based on aerial images the GIS technique supported by ARC/INFO software was used to analyze the oasis-desert landscape heterogeneity and its dynamics of Fukang transect with spatial scale change, using landscape structural indices to reveal and compare the structural characteristics of oasis-desert landscape heterogeneity, which was useful to study the dynamics process of landscape heterogeneity through time from different aspect in arid area, which was useful to study the dynamics process of landscape heterogeneity. The results show that oasis-desert landscape in studied area was controlled by the combination of environment heterogeneity, human dimension and activities, and natural vegetation succession. The mutation, contrast and heterogeneity of ecological interface between oasis and desert ecosystem increased. Rare natural or non-regional mosaic of patch show obvious sensitivity to spatial scale, the change ratios of theirs area and perimeter are greater than large patch. With the disturbance of moderate scale more small patchiness combines into more large patchiness. But more patchiness of mosaic will vanish with violent disturbances or isolations of scales. At the same time it has proved that the analysis of landscape heterogeneity is quite effective research means in ecology to measure and quantify the relationship, interaction and response between the structure and function, patterns and processes of oasis-desert ecosystem.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 July 2003
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 4890, Ecosystems Dynamics, Ecosystem-Society Interactions, and Remote Sensing Applications for Semi-Arid and Arid Land, (14 July 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.466601
Show Author Affiliations
Jie Zhang, Xinjiang Univ. (China)
International Ctr. for Desert Affairs (China)
Xiaoling Pan, Xinjiang Univ. (China)
International Ctr. for Desert Affairs (China)
Qingdong shi, Xinjiang Univ. (China)
International Ctr. for Desert Affairs (China)
Guanghui Lu, Xinjiang Univ. (China)
International Ctr. for Desert Affairs (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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