Environment, Development and Sustainability

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 35–48 | Cite as

Detecting spatiotemporal change of land use and landscape pattern in a coastal gulf region, southeast of China

  • Jinliang HuangEmail author
  • Jie Lin
  • Zhenshun Tu


Geographic information system (GIS), remote sensing (RS), gradient analysis, and landscape pattern metrics were coupled to quantitatively characterize the spatiotemporal change of land use and landscape pattern over the period 1988–2007 in a coastal gulf region, southeast China. The results obtained show an increase in cropland, buildup land, and aquiculture area and decrease in orchard, woodland, and beach area during 1988–2007. Landscape fragmented processes were strengthened and landscape pattern structure became more complicated in the last two decades in Luoyuan gulf region. The dynamics intensity of landscape pattern is stronger during 2002–2007 than that during 1988–2002. Spatial difference of urban–rural landscape pattern can be detected distinctively in two transects in terms of landscape metrics. Urbanization processes and the policy developed to transfer seawater into buildup land are two driving forces leading to the spatiotemporal change of landscape pattern in Luoyuan gulf region in the last two decades.


Landscape pattern Landscape metric Gradient analysis Coastal gulf region 



The authors gratefully acknowledge the two reviewers for their valuable comments on the manuscript. Thanks would be given to the financial support from the Department of Science & Technology, Fujian Province, as a Talented Youth in Fujian Province (No. 2007F3093).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Environmental Science Research CenterXiamen UniversityXiamenPeople’s Republic of China

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