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Response of ecosystem service value to land use/cover change in the northern slope economic belt of the Tianshan Mountains, Xinjiang, China

Abstract

Land use/cover change (LUCC) is becoming more and more frequent and extensive as a result of human activities, and is expected to have a major impact on human welfare by altering ecosystem service value (ESV). In this study, we utilized remote sensing images and statistical data to explore the spatial-temporal changes of land use/cover types and ESV in the northern slope economic belt of the Tianshan Mountains in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China from 1975 to 2018. During the study period, LUCC in the study region varied significantly. Except grassland and unused land, all the other land use/cover types (cultivated land, forestland, waterbody, and construction land) increased in areas. From 1975 to 2018, the spatial-temporal variations in ESV were also pronounced. The total ESV decreased by 4.00×108 CNY, which was primarily due to the reductions in the areas of grassland and unused land. Waterbody had a much higher ESV than the other land use/cover types. Ultimately, understanding the impact of LUCC on ESV and the interactions among ESV of different land use/cover types will help improve existing land use policies and provide scientific basis for developing new conservation strategies for ecologically fragile areas.

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This research was funded by the Pan-Third-Polar Environmental Change and the Construction of the Green Silk Road, and the Science and Technology Special Project of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (XDA20040400). We would like to thank Dr. Stephen MURPHY from Yale University for his assistance with English language and grammatical editing of the manuscript.

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Sun, C., Ma, Y. & Gong, L. Response of ecosystem service value to land use/cover change in the northern slope economic belt of the Tianshan Mountains, Xinjiang, China. J. Arid Land 13, 1026–1040 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40333-021-0082-5

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Keywords

  • land use/cover types
  • ecosystem services
  • human activities
  • economic development
  • urbanization
  • the northern slope economic belt of the Tianshan Mountains