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The Variation on Tempo-Spatial Pattern of Main Pastoral Grasslands in China

Version 1 : Received: 3 September 2018 / Approved: 17 September 2018 / Online: 17 September 2018 (17:04:39 CEST)
Version 2 : Received: 18 September 2018 / Approved: 18 September 2018 / Online: 18 September 2018 (15:00:28 CEST)

How to cite: Zhou, W.; Huang, L.; Yang, H.; Nie, X. The Variation on Tempo-Spatial Pattern of Main Pastoral Grasslands in China. Preprints 2018, 2018090324 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201809.0324.v2). Zhou, W.; Huang, L.; Yang, H.; Nie, X. The Variation on Tempo-Spatial Pattern of Main Pastoral Grasslands in China. Preprints 2018, 2018090324 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201809.0324.v2).

Abstract

In order to explore the grassland ecosystem productivity and landscape ecological patterns of main pastoral grasslands in China, it provides a theoretical basis for the efficient implementation of ecological engineering and rational management of grassland resources in the region. This study analyzed the changes in grassland area, landscape index (LSI), and net primary productivity (NPP) in seven major pastoral areas in China in 1985, 1995, 2005, and 2015. Results showed that (1) the sizes of the grassland study area in 1985, 1995, 2005, and 2015 were 248.34, 243.93, 245.80, and 244.660 km2 respectively. (2) The dominance of grassland in the landscape pattern increased from 2005 to 2015 as compared with that in 1985–1995 and 1995–2005. The degrees of spatial heterogeneity were reduced. (3) The grassland NPP showed spatial and temporal differences. The average NPP of grassland increased by 21.30%, 16.47%, and 36.17% during 1985–1995, 2005–2015, and 1985–2015, respectively. From 1995 to 2005, the average NPP decreased by 5.05 gC/m2, which is equivalent to -3.61% of the average NPP in 1995. The total amount of grassland NPP in the study area was the greatest in 2015, showing increments of 36.37% and 16.61% compared with those in 1985 and 2005, respectively.

Subject Areas

Grassland landscape index; Grassland productivity; Land use/cover change;Net Primary Productivity(NPP)

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