Journal of Geographical Sciences ›› 2019, Vol. 29 ›› Issue (3): 323-333.doi: 10.1007/s11442-019-1600-7

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The impact of global cropland changes on terrestrial ecosystem services value, 1992-2015

Yuanyuan LI1,2,3(), Minghong TAN1,2,*(), Haiguang HAO3   

  1. 1. Key Laboratory of Land Surface Pattern and Simulation, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
    2. International College, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
    3. State Key Laboratory of Environmental Criteria and Risk Assessment, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, Beijing 100012, China
  • Received:2018-01-04 Accepted:2018-07-25 Online:2019-03-25 Published:2019-03-20
  • Contact: Minghong TAN;
  • About author:

    Author: Li Yuanyuan (1993-), specialized in land use change. E-mail:

  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.41771116, No.41501095;National Basic Research Program of China, No.2015CB452705;National Key Research and Development Program of China, No.2016YFC0502103


From 1992 to 2015, ecological environment has been threatened by the changes of cropland around the world. In order to evaluate the impact of cropland changes on ecosystem, we calculated the response of terrestrial ecosystem service values (TESVs) variation to cropland conversion based on land-use data from European Space Agency (ESA). The results showed that cropland changes were responsible for an absolute loss of $166.82 billion, equivalent to 1.17% of global TESVs in 1992. Among the different regions, the impact of cropland changes on TESVs was significant in South America and Africa but not obvious in Oceania, Asia and Europe. Cropland expansion from tropical forest was the main reason for decreases in TESVs globally, especially in South America, Africa and Asia. The effect of wetland converted to cropland was notable in North America and Europe while grassland converted to cropland played an important role in Oceania, Africa and Asia. In Europe, the force of urban expansion cannot be ignored as well. The conversion of cropland to tropical or temperate forest partly compensated for the loss of TESVs globally, especially in Asia.

Key words: terrestrial ecosystem services values (TESVs), cropland conversion, global