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Spatio-temporal analysis of urbanization and land and water resources efficiency of oasis cities in Tarim River Basin

  • Institute of Geographic Sciences and Nature Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
Yang Yu (1984-), PhD, specialized in economic geography and regional development. E-mail:

Received date: 2013-11-14

  Revised date: 2013-12-06

  Online published: 2014-03-28

Supported by

National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.40901092


This paper examines the spatial pattern of land and water resources as well as urbanization and their interactions in the Tarim River Basin, Xinjiang, China. In order to do so, we extract the data associated with efficiency of land and water resources and urbanization for the years of 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2008. Specifically the paper investigates the extent to which agglomeration of population and economic activities varies geographically and interplays with spatial pattern of resources efficiency through computation of Global Moran's I index, Getis-Ord Gi* index and a coordinated development model. The method used provides clear evidence that urbanization, land and water resources efficiency have shown uneven spatial pattern due to oasis distribution, climate, and initial phase of urban development. Some conclusions can be drawn as follows. (1) Agglomeration and dispersion of urbanization are not consistent with those of land and water resources efficiency. (2) Evolution of the hot and cold spots of urbanization, and land and water resources efficiency, in different trajectories, indicate that there are no significant interactions between them. (3) The evidence that numbers of hot and cold spots of the three factors present varying structures reveals the dominance of unequal urban development in the study area. (4) Significant differences are also found between sub-river basins in terms of the three factors, which is a reflection of the complex physical geography of the area. (5) The degree of coordinated development of cities in the Tarim River Basin is generally low in part as a reflection of difference in spatial patterns of the three factors. It is also shown that the pattern of the degree of coordinated development is relatively stable compared with evolution of hot and cold spots of the three factors.

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YANG Yu, LIU Yi . Spatio-temporal analysis of urbanization and land and water resources efficiency of oasis cities in Tarim River Basin[J]. Journal of Geographical Sciences, 2014 , 24(3) : 509 -525 . DOI: 10.1007/s11442-014-1103-5


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