Landscape Ecol (2017) 32:2399–2417 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10980-017-0585-9 RESEARCH AR TIC L E Linking wind erosion to ecosystem services in drylands: a landscape ecological approach . . . Yuanyuan Zhao Jianguo Wu Chunyang He Guodong Ding Received: 13 June 2017 / Accepted: 14 October 2017 / Published online: 8 November 2017 Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2017 Abstract Us Sandy Land in northern China during 2000–2013. Context Wind erosion is a widespread environmen- Linear regression was used to explore possible rela- tal problem in the world’s arid landscapes, which tionships between wind erosion and ecosystem threatens the sustainability of ecosystem services in services. these regions. Results From 2000 to 2013, wind erosion decreased Objectives We investigated how wind erosion and by as much as 60% and the four ecosystem services all key ecosystem services changed concurrently and increased substantially. These trends were what major biophysical and socioeconomic factors attributable to vegetation recovery due mainly to were responsible for these changes in a dryland area of government-aided ecological restoration projects and, China. to a lesser degree, slightly increasing precipitation and Methods Based on remote sensing data, ﬁeld mea- decreasing wind speed during the second half of the surements, and modeling, we quantiﬁed the spatiotem-
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Published: Nov 8, 2017
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