Function of rural settlement complex ecosystem in mountain area: A case study of Raosi Village of Zuogong county, Tibet

  • Liu Shaoquan
  • Chen Guojie
Mountain Environment


Using energy analysis, the quantifying evaluation and study method on production, living and ecology functions and their sustainability of rural settlement ecosystem in mountain area is established with these energy index such as export of labor and products, export of water resource, internal energy reserve, energy consumption for human living, net energy of ecosystem function and net internal reserve. Taking rural settlement Raosi Village in Hengduan Mountains as a case study, and on the basis of the synthetic research into the ecological process of the complex ecosystem, the study shows that energy costs of production, human living and ecology functions are separately taking 1.36%, 13.59% and 85.05% of the gross ecosystem functions, and the exertions of production and human living functions are close to a high-point state on the present using level of energy in the settlement. The study also shows that the most important function of a rural settlement in mountain area is its ecological rather productive function.

Key words

mountain area rural settlement complex ecosystem ecosystem function energy analysis 

CLC number

X 171. 1 Q 988 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Mountain Hazards and EnvironmentChinese Academy of SciencesChengdu, SichuanChina
  2. 2.College of EconomicsSichuan UniversityChengdu, SichuanChina

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