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Review on the Resear ches of Land Use Change at Farm Household Level

  • ( School of Geographic and Oceanographic Sciences, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093,China)

Received date: 2007-02-03

  Revised date: 2007-03-03

  Online published: 2007-05-15


This paper gives a comprehensive description of the researches of land use change at farm household level from the four aspects of investigation respect,research content,study method and data collecting means, and summarizes the features of the researches on land use change at farm household level.The main features are: ( 1)Most of the researches give notices on the land use change of hot regions, particularly on the tropical-forest area. ( 2) Lots of the researches attribute the land use changes on the pressure of subsistence to the population growth and the agriculture expansion which is also related with the population growth. ( 3) The attention of researches is being converted from land use type change to both land use conversion and land use intensity change. ( 4)More and more methods are applied by the researches of land use change at farm household level and integrated methods are appreciated by more and more studies. ( 5) The impacts of the decision-making behaviors of land users or managers on land use change are emphasized by most researches. ( 6) The social survey using questionnaires becomes a main toolof data collecting,but more and more investigations combine the social survey using questionnaires and the techniques of “3S” to get the data on land use change and its driving forces at farm household level, and devote to connecting the social survey data and the remote sensing data. Although much progress has been made in theory and practice of land use change research at farm household level, and some important results have been obtained, there still have certain problems in previous researches.These problems go as follows:the results of land use change study at farm household level can not be easily applied to other microeconomic agents, the results in one region should be much carefully applied to any other regions, the relation and interaction between different hierarchical data have been neglected, the acquiring cost of data which contains economic data and its corresponding space information is still an obstacle for the land use change research at agricultural household level, and the relation between spacial characteristics of farm household’s behaviors and the land use change’s spatial distribution has not been adequately emphasized.Furthermore, some suggestions of further studies on land use change at agricultural household level are put forward in this paper.These suggestions include applying multiple-level research angle, using game theory to analyze the land use change determined by the interaction of different agents, applying multilevel analysis in empirical study, emphasizing the impact of spacial characteristics of farm household’s behaviors on land use change and its spatial distribution, improving data acquisition means, building continuous survey system comp-rising of given farm households and so on.

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ZHONG Tai-yang, HUANG Xian-jin . Review on the Resear ches of Land Use Change at Farm Household Level[J]. JOURNAL OF NATURAL RESOURCES, 2007 , 22(3) : 341 -352 . DOI: 10.11849/zrzyxb.2007.03.003


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