Intensive agricultural development can change land use, which can further affect regional ecosystem services and functions. With the rapid growth of the population and the national demand for food, the northeast of China, which is located in the high latitudes, has experienced four agricultural developments since the 1950s. The original wetlands of this area were developed for farmland. The evaluation of ecosystem services is conducted to reveal the ecosystem status and variable trends caused by land reclamation. The aim of this study is to provide scientific basis for environmental management and for the sustainable development of agriculture in Northeast China. With GIS-RS technology, a typical farm was chosen to analyze variations in the ecosystem service value in response to land use changes during the study period. The total ecosystem service value of the farm decreased from 7523.10 million Yuan in 1979 to 4023.59 million Yuan in 2009 with an annual rate of −1.6 % due to the decreasing areas of woodland and wetland. The increased areas of cropland, water area and grassland partly offset the loss of the total value, but the loss was still greater than the compensation. Waste treatment and climate regulation were the top two service functions with high service values, contributing to approximately 50 % of the total service value. The spatial difference of the ecosystem service value also was analyzed. The wetlands located in the central and northeastern sections of the farm changed significantly. From the aspect of ecosystem service value, the wetland and water area should be conserved, as they have the highest value coefficients. The accuracy of the value coefficient, however, needs to be studied further in future research.
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This research benefited from financial support from the National Natural Science Foundation of China under the Grant No. 40930740, 41001317. “Twelfth Five-year Plan” for Sci & Tech Research of China (2012BAD15B05), Special Fund for Agroscientific Research in the Public Interest (201003014).
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Hao, F., Lai, X., Ouyang, W. et al. Effects of Land Use Changes on the Ecosystem Service Values of a Reclamation Farm in Northeast China. Environmental Management 50, 888–899 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00267-012-9923-5
- Ecosystem service value
- Land use
- Agricultural development