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Study on coupling coordination and spatiotemporal heterogeneity between economic development and ecological environment of cities along the Yellow River Basin

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The Yellow River Basin (YRB) is an important ecological barrier and an important economic zone in China. Under the new requirements of realizing ecological protection and high-quality development of the YRB, the coordinated development of basin economic development and ecological environment is an urgent research topic. Taking 36 cities along the Yellow River Basin as samples, this paper constructs an evaluation index system of economic development and ecological environment. The coupling coordination model and geographical weighted regression were adopted to analyze the coupling coordination relationship between economic development and ecological environment from 2008 to 2017, and the influencing factors were analyzed. The results showed that (1) the coupling coordination of urban economic development and ecological environment along the YRB showed significant regional heterogeneity, forming a low-value sag of the Loess Plateau; (2) the regional hot spots in the downstream of the YRB continuously extended inland, while these in the midstream converged; (3) the coupling coordination degree between economic development and ecological environment is affected by factors such as population size, openness, and advanced industrial structure, and the intensity varies significantly among regions.

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This work was supported by grants from National Social Science Foundation of China (16CJY045); National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC71974125, NSFC71661137004, NSFC71573166); Philosophy and Social Science Planning Project of Henan Province, China (2018BJJ062); and Major Projects of Philosophy and Social Science Research of Hubei Province (19ZD044).

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Ke Liu (first author): conceptualization, formal analysis, project administration, funding acquisition, resources, supervision, writing–review and editing.

Yurong Qiao (coauthor): data curation, formal analysis, investigation, software, validation, writing–original draft.

Tao Shi (coauthor): formal analysis, methodology, project administration, supervision, writing–original draft.

Qian Zhou (corresponding author): project administration, funding acquisition, supervision, visualization, writing–review and editing.

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Liu, K., Qiao, Y., Shi, T. et al. Study on coupling coordination and spatiotemporal heterogeneity between economic development and ecological environment of cities along the Yellow River Basin. Environ Sci Pollut Res 28, 6898–6912 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-020-11051-0

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