Land-Use Change



Based on the result of the first land resources survey in Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) carried out in the late 1980s, land-use map of Lhasa area in 1990 is produced using aerial photographs obtained in April, May, and October 1991 for the main agricultural area in the river valleys and Landsat TM images acquired in the late 1980s and 1991 for the rest of the area. Using these remotely sensed data, land-use status of Lhasa area in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1999, and 2000 is mapped through updating annual changes of cultivated land, artificial forest and grass planting, grassland restoration, built-up area expansion, and so on. Land-use map for the Lhasa area in 2007 is made using ALOS AVNIR-2 composite images acquired on October 24 and December 26, 2007, through updating changes of main land-use types. Of which, based on the land-use status in 1990, 1995, 2000, and 2007, the spatial and temporal land-use change and dynamics in the Lhasa area located at central Tibetan Plateau from 1990 to 2007 are analyzed using GIS spatial analysis techniques in this chapter.


Land-use change Driving force Lhasa area Central Tibetan Plateau 



This chapter is mainly derived from the author’s article published in the Journal of Geographical Sciences on 19 October 2010, available online:


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Duo Chu
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  1. 1.Tibet Institute of Plateau Atmospheric and Environmental SciencesTibet Meteorological BureauLhasaChina

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