PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2010, Vol. 29 ›› Issue (5): 535-542.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2010.05.004

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Research on Landscape Pattern Change in Loess Plateau: Current Status, Issues and Trends

WANG Jiping1,2, CHEN Liding1, WANG Yafeng1   

  1. 1. State Key Laboratory of Urban and Regional Ecology, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences,CAS, Beijing 100085, China;
    2. Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
  • Received:2010-01-01 Revised:2010-03-01 Online:2010-05-25 Published:2010-05-25


Landscape pattern change in Loess Plateau area has an important impact on the structure and function of the whole ecosystem, and even on global change. Based on the exploration of the concept and connotation of landscape pattern and land use pattern, the progress in the researches on landscape pattern change in the Loess Plateau aera is reviewed from the aspects of quantitative analysis, spatial and temporal evolution and scale effect. Although great progress has been made over the last decades, there are still many problems to be explored thoroughly, such as landscape data selection and application, scale dependency analysis, establishment of assessment standards and so on. Finally, the future research trends are prospected in order to provide a scientific basis for the research on landscape pattern and process.

Key words: land use pattern, land use/land cove change, landscape pattern change, Loess Plateau, scale effect