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Analysis of land use and cover change in Sichuan province, China

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Zezhong Zheng

University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Institute of GeoSpatial Information Technology, 2006 Xiyuan Road, Gaoxin Western District, Chengdu, Sichuan, 611731, China

Guilin University of Technology, Guangxi Key Laboratory for Spatial Information and Geomatics, 12 Jiangan Road, Guilin, Guangxi, 541004, China

Chengdu University of Technology, Institute of Remote Sensing and Geographical Information System, 1 Dongsan Road, Erxian Bridge, Chengdu, Sichuan, 610059, China

Wunian Yang

Chengdu University of Technology, Institute of Remote Sensing and Geographical Information System, 1 Dongsan Road, Erxian Bridge, Chengdu, Sichuan, 610059, China

Guoqing Zhou

Guilin University of Technology, Guangxi Key Laboratory for Spatial Information and Geomatics, 12 Jiangan Road, Guilin, Guangxi, 541004, China

Old Dominion University, Department of Modeling, Simulation and Visualization Engineering, Kaufman Hall, Room 214, Norfolk, Virginia 23529

Xiaoting Wang

Chengdu University of Information Technology, College of Resource and Environment, Chengdu, Sichuan, 610225, China

J. Appl. Remote Sens. 6(1), 063587 (Nov 12, 2012). doi:10.1117/1.JRS.6.063587
History: Received February 21, 2012; Revised September 20, 2012; Accepted September 25, 2012
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Abstract.  A series of environmental policies in Sichuan province was executed to restore the grassland and forestland on some degraded lands after 2000. But the effectiveness on land use and cover change (LUCC) has not yet been systematically investigated. We undertook a detailed analysis about land use and cover change between 2000 and 2005 in Sichuan province. Our study mainly utilized remotely sensed data of 2005 China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite II (CBERS II) and 2000 Landsat 5 thematic mapper (TM) data. Land use and cover change between 2000 and 2005 was visually interpreted by CBERS II with ArcInfo Workstation based on land use and cover database interpreted from TM. Then LUCC was validated by ground truth with global positioning system receivers. Our analysis illustrates that the conservation policies to restore the grassland and forestland were successful to a lesser extent. But more measures to restore the grassland and forestland of Sichuan province have to be taken further in the future.

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Zezhong Zheng ; Wunian Yang ; Guoqing Zhou and Xiaoting Wang
"Analysis of land use and cover change in Sichuan province, China", J. Appl. Remote Sens. 6(1), 063587 (Nov 12, 2012). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.JRS.6.063587


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