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Appl. Sci. 2018, 8(9), 1524; https://doi.org/10.3390/app8091524

An Analysis of Land-Use and Land-Cover Change in the Zhujiang–Xijiang Economic Belt, China, from 1990 to 2017

1,* and 1,2,3,*
1
State Key Laboratory of Resources and Environmental Information System, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
2
Department of Geography, Humboldt–Universität zu Berlin, Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin, Germany
3
Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Eberswalder Straße 84, 15374 Müncheberg, Germany
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Received: 16 July 2018 / Revised: 21 August 2018 / Accepted: 24 August 2018 / Published: 1 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Environmental and Sustainable Science and Technology)
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Abstract

Land-use and land-cover change (LUCC) are currently contested topics in the research of global environment change and sustainable change. Identifying the historic land-use change process is important for the new economic development belt (the Zhujiang–Xijiang Economic Belt, ZXEB). During this research, based on long-time-series land-use and land-cover data, while using a combination of a transition matrix method and Markov chain model, the authors derive the patterns, processes, and spatial autocorrelations of land-use and land-cover changes in the ZXEB for the periods 1990–2000 and 2000–2017. Additionally, the authors discuss the spatial autocorrelation of land-use in the ZXEB and the major drivers of urbanization. The results indicate the following: (1) The area of cropland reduces during the two periods, and woodland decreases after the year 2000. The woodland is the most stable land-use type in both periods. (2) Built-up land expansion is the most important land-use conversion process; the major drivers of built-up land expansion are policy intervention, GDP (gross domestic product), population growth, and rural population migration. (3) Transition possibilities indicate that after 2000, most land-use activities become stronger, the global and local Moran’s I of all land-use types show that the spatial autocorrelations have become more closely related, and the spatial autocorrelation of built-up land has become stronger. Policies focus on migration from rural to urban, and peri-urban development is crucial for future sustainable urbanization. View Full-Text
Keywords: land-use and land-cover; urbanization; spatial-temporal characteristics; Zhujiang–Xijiang River Basin land-use and land-cover; urbanization; spatial-temporal characteristics; Zhujiang–Xijiang River Basin
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Hu, Y.; Batunacun. An Analysis of Land-Use and Land-Cover Change in the Zhujiang–Xijiang Economic Belt, China, from 1990 to 2017. Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, 1524.

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