Mapping landscape service provision of cropland in the urban fringe: the case of Wuhan, China

T. Zhou, E. Koomen, X. Ke

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Abstract

People benefit from cropland through food production and a variety of environmental and recreational benefits. However, the provision of the different functions offered by agricultural landscape deteriorates as a consequence of ongoing urban development, especially in urban fringe. To help define sustainable management strategies we developed and implemented a method to map characteristic patterns of current provision of these landscape services.

Field interviews were conducted in Wuhan, a rapidly urbanising Chinese city, to study the degree to which different functions are present in its urban fringe. The questionnaire was designed following the evaluative dimensions of agricultural land-use systems proposed by Gómez Sal and González García (2007) with necessary adjustment into local conditions and scale. In total, 25 land functions are distinguished, namely, productive, ecological, economic, social and cultural dimensions of its agricultural land-use systems. Based on the result of 768 farmer households, four typical patterns of land function provision were categorized using a k-means clustering approach.

The results show that: (1) social and productive functions dominate the typical agricultural landuse patterns that were distinguished; (2) the values of cultural functions remain low in all locations, suggesting the potential of promoting the cultural assets of the area; and (3) the synergy between provision and regulation functions performs differently at different locations while only 17% of the total sample shows relatively high-level synergy.

The presentation will demonstrate the typical provision patterns of ecosystem services of cropland in the urban fringe of Wuhan and discuss its potential implications for land planners and managers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal Land Project 3rd Open Science Meeting (GLPOSM16)
Subtitle of host publicationBook of Abstracts
Pages427
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 27 Oct 2016
EventProceedings of the Third Open Science Meeting of the Global Land Project - Beijing, China
Duration: 24 Oct 201627 Oct 2016

Conference

ConferenceProceedings of the Third Open Science Meeting of the Global Land Project
CountryChina
CityBeijing
Period24/10/1627/10/16

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    Zhou, T., Koomen, E., & Ke, X. (2016). Mapping landscape service provision of cropland in the urban fringe: the case of Wuhan, China. In Global Land Project 3rd Open Science Meeting (GLPOSM16): Book of Abstracts (pp. 427)