Skip to main content
Log in

An investigation of changes in cultivated land in guangdong province of China using GIS

  • Published:
Chinese Geographical Science Aims and scope Submit manuscript


In order to make a thorough investigation about relationship between population increase and cultivated land decrease along with economic development over recent years in Guangdong province, this paper aims to study the relationship between the changes in cultivated land and the rapid economic development in Guangdong Province of China using GIS. The spatial database of administrative boundary in the province is captured and stored in GIS and then several county-based statistics produced by the National Statistical Bureau of China are linked to the spatial data. In the study, the correlation analysis between decrease of cultivated land in some metropolitan counties and population increase is conducted. Besides, similar analysis is carried out between decrease of cultivated land in the Zhujiang (Pearl) River Delta Region and gross industrial output. The result of the analysis is presented in GIS with the boundary data to show the spatial distribution and trend of the phenomenon. Some measures of conserving cultivated land in the province in order to achieve a sustainable development are also proposed.

This is a preview of subscription content, log in via an institution to check access.

Access this article

Subscribe and save

Springer+ Basic
EUR 32.99 /Month
  • Get 10 units per month
  • Download Article/Chapter or Ebook
  • 1 Unit = 1 Article or 1 Chapter
  • Cancel anytime
Subscribe now

Buy Now

Price excludes VAT (USA)
Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout.

Instant access to the full article PDF.

Similar content being viewed by others


  • Aronoff S., 1989. Geographic Information Systems: A Management Perspective. Ottawa: WDL Publications. 124–134.

    Google Scholar 

  • Burrough P. A., 1986. Principles of Geographical Information Systems for Land Resources Assessment. Oxford: Clarendon Press. 78–97.

    Google Scholar 

  • Deng Liangbing. and Zhang Xinchang., 1995. Maps and Geographic Information Systems Applied in Planning. Guangzhou: Mapping Publisher House in Guangdong Province, 125–138. (in Chinese)

    Google Scholar 

  • Investigating Team in Preserving Cultivated Land(ITPCL), 1997. Sorious Problems and the Way to deal with the Situation in Preserving Cultivated Land in China. Land Science in China, (1): 2–11. (in Chinese)

  • Lin, 1997. Several Problems in Preserving Farmland. Land Science in China, (11): 21–22. (in Chinese)

  • National Land Bureau (NLB) and National Statistical Bureau of China. Chronological Table of National Land in 1988 and 1996.

  • Shaw G., Wheeler D., 1994. Statistical Techniques in Geographical Analysis. London: David Fulton Publishers. 256–345.

    Google Scholar 

  • Statistical Bureau of Guangdong Province(SBGP). Yearbook in Guangdong from 1992 to 1996. Beijing: National Statistical Publisher House. (in Chinese)

  • Wu Hehai, 1989. Date Structure of Maps and Database. Beijing: Publisher House of Surveying and Mapping. 231–247. (in Chinese)

    Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Rights and permissions

Reprints and permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Zhang, X. An investigation of changes in cultivated land in guangdong province of China using GIS. Chinese Geographical Science 9, 265–273 (1999).

Download citation

  • Received:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI:

Key words