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Sustainability 2017, 9(3), 443; doi:10.3390/su9030443

The Dynamic Change of Vegetation Cover and Associated Driving Forces in Nanxiong Basin, China

Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Urbanization and Geo-Simulation, School of Geography and Planning, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China
Institute of Chemistry, Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade, Belgrade 11000, Serbia
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Academic Editor: Mary J. Thornbush
Received: 1 December 2016 / Revised: 10 March 2017 / Accepted: 13 March 2017 / Published: 17 March 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Physical Geography and Environmental Sustainability)
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Natural climate change and human activities are the main driving forces associated with vegetation coverage change. Nanxiong Basin is a key ecosystem-service area at the national level with a dense population and highly representative of red-bed basins, which are considered as fragile ecological units in humid regions. In this study, the authors aimed to determine the trends in vegetation cover change over past two decades and the associated driving forces in this study area. The Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) of 2000–2015, derived from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) remote sensing dataset along with the application of statistical methods and GIS (geographic information system) techniques were used to quantify vegetation cover change. The results show that human-induced factors can explain most variations at sites with significant cover change. That is to say that human activities are the main drivers of vegetation dynamics in this study area, which shows a significant reduction trend in vegetation cover during the industrialization and urbanization processes of the study period and noticeable recovery trend in 2000–2015 under the plantation and enclosed forest policy. View Full-Text
Keywords: NDVI; MODIS; vegetation cover; climate change; anthropogenic effects; Nanxiong Basin NDVI; MODIS; vegetation cover; climate change; anthropogenic effects; Nanxiong Basin

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Yan, L.; He, R.; Kašanin-Grubin, M.; Luo, G.; Peng, H.; Qiu, J. The Dynamic Change of Vegetation Cover and Associated Driving Forces in Nanxiong Basin, China. Sustainability 2017, 9, 443.

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