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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(8), 940; doi:10.3390/ijerph14080940

Assessment of Urban Ecosystem Health Based on Matter Element Analysis: A Case Study of 13 Cities in Jiangsu Province, China

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School of Geographic and Oceanographic Sciences, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210023, China
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The Key Laboratory of the Coastal Zone Exploitation and Protection, Ministry of Land and Resources, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210023, China
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Received: 26 June 2017 / Revised: 12 August 2017 / Accepted: 18 August 2017 / Published: 21 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Environmental Engineering and Public Health)
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Abstract

Urban public health is an important global issue and receives public concern. The urban ecosystem health (UEH) indicator system was constructed with 27 assessment indicators selected from vigor, organization, resilience, service function, and population health, then the matter element analysis (MEA) and analytic hierarchy process (AHP) weighting method were used to assess the UEH of each city in Jiangsu Province during the period of 2000–2014. The results show that the overall ecosystem health status of each city shows continuous improvement. The UEH status of each city gradually transferred from poor, general, and medium condition to good and excellent condition. From the perspective of spatial distribution, the city’s UEH showing a steady status after increasing for 10 years, and their spatial variations have gradually reduced. The UEH status in Southern Jiangsu and Central Jiangsu was better than that of Northern Jiangsu Province. From each component point of view, the vigor, resilience, and population health of each city in Jiangsu Province showed a trend of continuous improvement, while the organization and service function first increased and then decreased. The common limiting factors of UEH in Jiangsu Province were Engel’s coefficient of urban households, number of beds of hospitals, health centers per 10,000 people, and total investment in the treatment of environmental pollution as percent GDP. These results help decision makers to make suitable decisions to maintain the UEH of each city in Jiangsu Province. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban ecosystem health assessment; analytic hierarchy process; limiting factors; obstacle degree urban ecosystem health assessment; analytic hierarchy process; limiting factors; obstacle degree
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Xie, X.; Pu, L. Assessment of Urban Ecosystem Health Based on Matter Element Analysis: A Case Study of 13 Cities in Jiangsu Province, China. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 940.

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