Special Issue "Land Use Changes and the Corresponding Ecological Risks"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Science and Engineering".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2022.
Interests: land use change monitoring using remote sensing technology; land use change modelling, such as the development of the system dynamics model and multi-agent model; effects of land use change on ecosystem services; land use policies
The global population has been increasing dramatically since the 1950s. The huge population pressure not only goes along with an unprecedented scale of resource consumption, but also aggravates the exploitation of the ecological environment by humans. As an important link between human activities and ecosystems, the land use mode and intensity are not only an important driving factor of global ecological environment changes but also a result of environmental changes, and there is a close interdependent relationship between land use and global environmental changes. At global and regional scales, humans are increasingly realizing that a functional ecological environment is an important basis for the sustainable development of a social economy and for improving human wellbeing. In recent years, numerous studies have focused on land use changes and the corresponding ecological responses, including the identification of regional land use change processes based on remote sensing technology, the discussion of landscape effects on land use changes, and the construction of a series of ecosystem service evaluation models.
However, before the concept of ecological management can be integrated into studies of land use resources, it is necessary to systematically (1) reveal the typical land use change processes, such as the reclamation and abandonment of marginal arable land, in ecologically fragile areas, (2) assess ecosystem vulnerability, (3) identify important ecological sources and key ecological corridors, (4) clarify the concept and connotation of land use ecological risks, (5) reveal the quantitative relationship between land use change and ecological risks, and (6) evaluate the ecological responses and potential risks of regional land use changes. Such results can provide a scientific basis for the establishment of adequate policies.
Dr. Wei Song
Prof. Dr. Hualin Xie
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- land use changes
- reclamation and abandonment of cropland
- urban expansion
- ecologically fragile areas
- ecosystem risk
- fragility of ecosystems
- ecological corridor
- ecosystem service
- ecological security