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1 July 2016 Spatiotemporal Patterns and Drivers of Forest Change from 1985–2000 in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region of China
Xie Xue, Xie Hualin, Fan Yuanhua
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Abstract

Forests are fundamental to maintaining ecological security and achieving regional sustainable development in China. Forest land change can result in many ecological problems including soil erosion, water shortages, drought and biodiversity loss. Based on landscape ecology and logistic regression we explored the spatiotemporal patterns and factors affecting forest land changes from 1985 to 2000 in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region of China. The results show decreased local fragmentation of woodland landscapes and that the shapes of forest patches have become more regular. For forest land cover change, soil organic matter content, slope type I (<5°), distance to the nearest village and per capita GDP were the most important independent variables from 1985 to 2000. This study indicates that spatial heterogeneity can affect the predictability of logistic regression models for forest land change.

Xie Xue, Xie Hualin, and Fan Yuanhua "Spatiotemporal Patterns and Drivers of Forest Change from 1985–2000 in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region of China," Journal of Resources and Ecology 7(4), 301-308, (1 July 2016). https://doi.org/10.5814/j.issn.1674-764x.2016.04.009
Received: 22 April 2016; Accepted: 1 June 2010; Published: 1 July 2016
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ecological security
forest land
forest management
Land Use/land Coverage Change (LUCC)
logistic regression model
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