Journal of Geographical Sciences ›› 2002, Vol. 12 ›› Issue (4): 397-404.

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Modeling the relationship of land use change and some geophysical indicators for the interlock area of farming and pasturing in China

DENG Xiangzheng, LIU Jiyuan, ZHUANG Dafang, ZHAN Jinyan, ZHAO Tao   

  1. Inst. of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
  • Received:2002-04-17 Revised:2002-08-12 Online:2002-12-25 Published:2010-09-18
  • Supported by:

    Sub-global project of UN Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) Program; key project of international collaboration funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology; The Knowledge Innovation Project of CAS, No.KZCX02-308


This paper discusses land-use changes in the interlock area of farming and pasturing (IAFP)in northern China. It presents detailed analyses of land-use features in the IAFP, which are controlled by the macro geomorphic units and geophysical conditions-constraints or advantages. Additionally, it selects some indicators, according to the availability in acquiring and processing their quantitative data, to analyze the canonical correlations between the typical conversion of grassland and geophysical conditions. The preliminary study indicates that the physical conditions are of great advantages to the development of grassland. There exists significant correlation between land use change and some geophysical conditions.

Key words: land use, driving force, interlock area of farming and pasturing, China

CLC Number: 

  • F301.24