PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2006, Vol. 25 ›› Issue (5): 67-76.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2006.05.015

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Cultivated-land Tr ansition and Land Consolidation and Reclamation in China: Resear ch Progr ess and Fr ame

GU Fengxue   

  1. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
  • Received:2006-06-01 Revised:2006-08-01 Online:2006-09-25 Published:2006-09-25


Land use transition is a new integrated approach of land- use and land- cover change (LUCC) study. Land use transition is also one of the major research contents of Global Land Project (GLP), a joint research agenda of the International Geosphere- Biosphere Programme (IGBP) and the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP) to improve the understanding of land system dynamics. This paper develops a research frame for cultivated- land transition and land consolidation and reclamation in China, after reviewing the research on land use transition, the theories and models of land- change science, cultivated- land change and land consolidation and reclamation. The frame may include: (1) analyzing the spatial pattern of cultivated- land change in China; (2) understanding the influential factors of cultivated- land transition trajectory; (3) putting forward the theoretical hypothesis on cultivated- land transition; (4) modeling the spatio- temporal changes of cultivated land in China and defining the regional types of cultivated- land transition and the phases where they are in; and (5) providing theoretical and scientific basis for land consolidation and reclamation, an important way to conserve cultivated land in China.

Key words: China, cultivated land, land consolidation and reclamation, land use transition, land-change science

CLC Number: 

  • F301.24