Urban Land-Cover Change and Its Impact on the Ecosystem Carbon Storage in a Dryland City
AbstractLack of research into the complexity in urban land conversion, and paucity of observational data of soil organic carbon (SOC) beneath impervious surface area (ISA) limit our understanding of the urbanization effects on carbon (C) pools in dryland cities. Employing Landsat TM images acquired in 1990 and 2010, a hybrid classification method consisting of Linear Spectral Mixture Analysis and decision tree classification was applied to retrieve the land cover (water, ISA, greenspace, cropland, and remnant desert) of the largest dryland city in China—Urumqi. Based on vegetation carbon (VEGC) and SOC density data determined through field observations and literature reviews, we developed Urumqi’s C pool maps in 1990 and 2010, and assessed the urbanization impacts on ecosystem C. Our results showed that ISA tripled from 1990 to 2010 displacing remnant desert and cropland. The urban landscape, especially the greenspaces, became obviously fragmented. In 2010, more than 95% of the urban ecosystem C was SOC, 48% of which under the ISA. The city lost 19% of C stock from 1990 to 2010. About 82% of the ecosystem C loss was caused by the conversion of remnant desert and cropland into ISA, mainly in the northern city. View Full-Text
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Yan, Y.; Zhang, C.; Hu, Y.; Kuang, W. Urban Land-Cover Change and Its Impact on the Ecosystem Carbon Storage in a Dryland City. Remote Sens. 2016, 8, 6.
Yan Y, Zhang C, Hu Y, Kuang W. Urban Land-Cover Change and Its Impact on the Ecosystem Carbon Storage in a Dryland City. Remote Sensing. 2016; 8(1):6.Chicago/Turabian Style
Yan, Yan; Zhang, Chi; Hu, Yunfeng; Kuang, Wenhui. 2016. "Urban Land-Cover Change and Its Impact on the Ecosystem Carbon Storage in a Dryland City." Remote Sens. 8, no. 1: 6.
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