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Analyzing coastal wetland change in the Yancheng National Nature Reserve, China

Analyzing coastal wetland change in the Yancheng National Nature Reserve, China,10.1007/s10113-010-0130-8,Regional Environmental Change,Chang-Qing KeD

Analyzing coastal wetland change in the Yancheng National Nature Reserve, China   (Citations: 1)
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Coastal zones provide habitat cores and corridors that maintain the diversity of entire landscapes, and they can form the cornerstone elements of regional conservation strategies. Natural environmental driving factors and excessive anthropogenic activities play important roles in coastal wetland change. Many studies have used remote sensing images to map and assess coastal wetland change on local or regional scales. This paper aims to provide insight into coastal wetland change in the Yancheng National Nature Reserve (YNNR) using remote sensing technology and landscape metrics analysis. The results reveal that grass flat and reed areas have significantly decreased, whereas agriculture fields, aquaculture ponds and built-up areas have continuously increased from 1988 to 2006. The spatial pattern of the coastal landscape has become fragmented and heterogeneous under great pressure from rapid economic development and population growth. The wetland changes have important impacts on natural habitat of the red-crowned cranes. The results of this study provide basic information that is required for developing measures toward a sustainable management and conservation of the YNNR.
Journal: Regional Environmental Change - REG ENVIRON CHANG , vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 161-173, 2011
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