The way forward confronting eco-environmental challenges during land-use practices: a bibliometric analysis
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With rapid urbanisation and industrialisation, land-use practice, while satisfying the ever-increasing desires of our material civilisation in the short term, may undermine natural ecosystems on a local, regional and global scale in the long run. Innovative and sustainable land-use practices should be developed in response, so that eco-environmental problems can assessed and dealt with during the whole process of land-use planning, construction, operation, maintenance and management. Using a bibliometric analysis, this study has traced global trends in land-use research from 1992 to 2016, as indexed in the Science Citation Index EXPANDED (SCI-EXPANDED) and the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI). A novel method called ‘word cluster analysis’ has revealed that hotspot analysis is one of the emerging techniques, tools and strategies used to respond to, improve, and protect deteriorating ecosystems during land use. Based on involving various elements, the emerging analytical techniques and tools, including geographical information systems (GIS) and remote sensing, have attracted attention for their ability to assess and solve increasingly serious eco-environmental problems, such as climate change, deforestation, soil erosion, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and eutrophication. Ecosystem services, biodiversity conservation, protected areas, and sustainable development are also potential resilience strategies used to confront eco-environmental destruction. The maximum benefits that can be derived from natural ecosystems should be pursued to achieve environmentally sustainable land-use development, strengthening the socio-economy and eco-environment, as well as enhancing the well-being of people and nature.
KeywordsBibliometric analysis Eco-environmental challenges Land use Science Citation Index EXPANDED (SCI-EXPANDED) Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI)
This work was supported by Inner Mongolia Grassland Talent Plan; Innovation team of quantity quality-ecological monitoring-sustainable utilisation of land resources in Inner Mongolia. The authors would like to thank Prof. Dr. Yuh-Shan Ho for the technical support and guidance of our manuscript.
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The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.
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