Journal of Geographical Sciences ›› 2010, Vol. 20 ›› Issue (6): 899-912.doi: 10.1007/s11442-010-0819-0

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Land use dynamics in Lhasa area, Tibetan Plateau

CHU Duo1,2, ZHANG Yili2, BIANBA Ciren1, LIU Linshan2   

  1. 1. Tibet Institute of Plateau Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, CMA, Lhasa 850000, China;
    2. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
  • Received:2009-12-17 Revised:2010-02-07 Online:2010-12-15 Published:2010-12-15
  • Supported by:

    National Key Technology Research and Development Program, No.2007BAC06B08; National Basic Research Program of China, No.2010CB951704; National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.40361001


Land use change is the result of the interplay between socioeconomic, institutional and environmental factors, and has important impacts on the functioning of socioeconomic and environmental systems with important tradeoffs for sustainability, food security, biodiversity and the vulnerability of people and ecosystems to global change impacts. Based on the results of the First Land Use Survey in Tibet Autonomous Region carried out in the late 1980s, land use map of Lhasa area in 1990 was compiled for the main agricultural area in Lhasa valley using aerial photos obtained in April, May and October 1991 and Landsat imagery in the late 1980s and 1991 as remotely sensed data sources. Using these remotely sensed data, the land use status of Lhasa area in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1999 and 2000 were mapped through updating annual changes of cultivated land, artificial forest, grass planting, grassland restoration, and residential area and so on. Land use map for Lhasa area in 2007 was made using ALOS AVNIR-2 composite images acquired on October 24 and December 26, 2007 through updating changes of main land use types. According to land use status of Lhasa area in 1990, 1995, 2000 and 2007, the spatial and temporal land use dynamics in Lhasa area from 1990 to 2007 are further analyzed using GIS spatial models in this paper.

Key words: land use change, Lhasa area, Tibetan Plateau