JOURNAL OF NATURAL RESOURCES ›› 2012, Vol. 27 ›› Issue (3): 394-401.doi: 10.11849/zrzyxb.2012.03.005

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Effects of Carbon Emission by Land Use Patterns in Hefei's Economic Circle of Anhui Province

SUN Xian-bin   

  1. College of Resource Environment and Tourism, Wanxi University, Lu'an 237012, China
  • Received:2011-05-05 Revised:2011-07-08 Online:2012-03-20 Published:2012-03-20

Abstract: Land use change is an important factor for carbon emission. According to the assessment model and by using the Landsat TM data separately acquired in 1997 and 2007 on the economic circle of Hefei, the provincial capital of Anhui, the authors utilized data of land use types such as cultivated land, woodland, grassland and land for construction in 1997 and 2007 to calculate carbon emissions and the compensation standard based on price of fixation carbon dioxide. The results shows: 1) Carbon emissions greatly varied over different land use types, in which the land for construction and cultivated land were considered as two major carbon sources. Woodland and grassland were two major carbon sinks. Carbon emissions were found to increase by 14.4% per year over the entire economic circle of Hefiei from 1997 to 2007. Carbon emissions increased most quickly in the city, with an average annual growth rate of 32.3% during the ten years. With more impacts of human activities, carbon emission from land for construction was the highest, increased from 7.4587 million tons in 1997 to 17.9409 million tons in 2007. However, carbon sink maintained generally stable during this period. 2) Two indexes describing carbon emissions, i.e., carbon emission per unit area of land and carbon emission per unit area of construction land, were proposed. These two indexes could better reflect carbon emission intensity from 1997 to 2007 and the differences among the regions. Compared with carbon emission intensity in 1997, the two indexes increased by 1.18 and 1.41 times in 2007, respectively. Carbon emissions peaked in Hefei city, and showed a relatively higher level in Chaohu city and a low level in Lu'an city, and the index of carbon emission per unit area of land and construction land indicated the same changing trend. 3) Carbon emission per unit area of land was markedly different in 15 counties or urban areas, and the three largest ones per unit area of construction land are urban area of Hefei city, Huoshan and Jinzhai counties. 4) On the basis of carbon emission and price of fixation carbon dioxide over the provincial city economic circle during the period 1997-2007, the value of the standard for ecological compensation in three cities was estimated. Based on average cost of tree planting in China, an increasing amount of the compensation standard for the three cities was 2.183, 0.431 and 0.248 billion yuan respectively, and the amount of compensation standard was different among counties or urban areas. 5)There was certain relationship between land use structure and carbon emissions. Some suggestions for reducing carbon emissions were put forward.

Key words: land use pattern, carbon emissions, the city economic circle in Anhui Province

CLC Number: 

  • F301.24