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Sustainability 2017, 9(8), 1312; doi:10.3390/su9081312

An Improved Evaluation Scheme for Performing Quality Assessments of Unconsolidated Cultivated Land

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School of Resource and Environmental Science, Wuhan University, 129 Luoyu Road, Wuhan 430079, China
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Wuhan Hongfang Real Estate & Land Appraisal. Co, Ltd., Room 508, District, International Headquarters, Han Street, Wuchang District, Wuhan 430061, China
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School of Logistics and Engineering Management, Hubei University of Economics, 8 Yangqiao Lake Road, Canglongdao Development Zone, Jiangxia District, Wuhan 430205, China
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School of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Central China Normal University, 152 Luoyu Road, Wuhan 430079, China
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Key Laboratory of GIS, Ministry of Education, Wuhan University, 129 Luoyu Road, Wuhan 430079, China
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Key Laboratory of Digital Mapping and Land Information Application Engineering, National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geo-information, Wuhan University, 129 Luoyu Road, Wuhan 430079,China
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Received: 5 June 2017 / Revised: 19 July 2017 / Accepted: 21 July 2017 / Published: 27 July 2017
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Abstract

Socioeconomic factors are extrinsic factors that drive spatial variability. They play an important role in land resource systems and sometimes are more important than that of the natural setting. The study aims to build a comprehensive framework for assessing unconsolidated cultivated land (UCL) in the south-central and southwestern portions of Hubei Province, China, which have not experienced project management and land consolidation, to identify the roles of natural and especially socioeconomic factors. Moreover, the study attempts to identify the attributes and indicators that describe the characteristics of the extrinsic factors affecting land spatial variability. Assessment supplement 12 proposed land use indicators on the basis of natural factors using the method of gradation of agricultural land quality (GALQ). The overall level of cultivated land quality (CLQ) in the two study areas is moderate, and this quantity is significantly correlated with topography. Excellent and high-quality UCL are mainly distributed in the south-central plain division of Hubei Province (SCPDHP), whereas lower grades are mainly distributed in the area of the southwestern mountainous division of Hubei Province (SWMDHP). These results suggest that the pattern of small-scale agricultural development depends strongly on the labor force and is the key land use-related factor that limits the improvement of regional CLQ. Such assessments and their findings are essential for the protection of cultivated land and the adjustment of agricultural structure to promote the sustainable use of UCL. View Full-Text
Keywords: spatial variability; unconsolidated cultivated land (UCL); comprehensive assessment of cultivated land quality; land use and production conditions (LUPCs); sustainable land management spatial variability; unconsolidated cultivated land (UCL); comprehensive assessment of cultivated land quality; land use and production conditions (LUPCs); sustainable land management
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Peng, L.; Hu, Y.; Li, J.; Du, Q. An Improved Evaluation Scheme for Performing Quality Assessments of Unconsolidated Cultivated Land. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1312.

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