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Environmental sustainability and scenarios of urbanization in arid area: a case study in Wuwei City of Gansu Province
Author(s): Suocheng Dong; Fei You; Xiaojun Zhang
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Paper Abstract

Northwestern China, located in the hinterland of the Asia-European continent, is composed of arid and semi-arid areas, with a very vulnerable natural environment and a long history of oasis economy. Implementation of the new policy of development of Western China resulted in both economic progress and environmental crisis. This article, using Wuwei City as an example, evaluated the sustainability of its environment and analyzed the scenarios of energy, pollution discharge, transportation, food, industry and urbanization. Polestar language, the model developed and used by the Global Scenario Group, was applied to simulate the development of the study area. The results revealed that Wuwei city would reach a severe eco-environmental crisis under the conventional development patterns in the next ten to twenty years. Therefore, a sustainable scenario was recommended in the urbanization of Wuwei, and appropriate suggestions were also put forward to the policy makers.

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Date Published: 9 November 2004
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 5544, Remote Sensing and Modeling of Ecosystems for Sustainability, (9 November 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.567994
Show Author Affiliations
Suocheng Dong, Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS (China)
Fei You, Ctr. for Economic Development of China State Farms (China)
Xiaojun Zhang, Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5544:
Remote Sensing and Modeling of Ecosystems for Sustainability
Wei Gao; David R. Shaw, Editor(s)

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