PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2012, Vol. 31 ›› Issue (5): 551-560.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2012.05.002

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Response of Ecosystem Services to Land Use/Cover Change in Peri-urban Area:A Case Study of Jimei District, Xiamen

HUANG Yunfeng1, CUI Shenghui2,3, SHI Longyu2,3   

  1. 1. School of Biotechnology Engineering, Jimei University, Xiamen 361021, China;
    2. Key Lab of Urban Environment and Health, Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xiamen 361021, China;
    3. Xiamen Key Lab of Urban Metabolism, Xiamen 361021, China
  • Received:2011-07-01 Revised:2011-10-01 Online:2012-05-25 Published:2012-05-25

Abstract: Peri-urban area emerged with the rapid urbanization and is a new transitional region between urbanand rural areas. The most important characteristics of the peri-urabn areas are the large rates of changes and conflictsbetween landuses. Through the change of ecosystem's internal structure and function, land use/coverchange (LUCC) has affected the values of ecosystem services and has been a major driving factor. Taking JimeiDistrict (a peri-urban area) in Xiamen City as an example, the authors examined the land use pattern from 1987to 2007 by integrating remote sensing data and evaluate the regional ecosystem services based on the revisedmethod of equivalent value per unit area of ecosystem services in China in 2007. The coupling changes betweenland systems and ecosystem services were used to identify the effects and mechanisms of LUCC on ecosystem services. Results showed that along with the promotion of land use intensity, the total ecosystem services valueshad shown a curved trend of change, with supplying and regulating service being main ecosystem service types;land use intensity was negative for supplying, regulating, and supporting cultural services. With the rapid urbanizationin Jimei District, there will be more land to be transformed to construction land. It can be predicted thatthe decreasing trend of ecosystem service value will continue in the future, and we should use the ecological comprehensive treatment to slow down that trend.

Key words: ecological effect, ecosystem service, Jimei District, land use/cover change, peri-urban area