Human Impacts on Land Cover and Panda Habitat in Wolong Nature Reserve Linking Ecological, Socioeconomic, Demographic, and Behavioral Data


Jianguo Liu; Li An; Sadra Batie; Richard E. Groop; Zai Liang; Marc Linderman; Angela G. Mertig; Zhiyun Ouyang; Jiaguo Qi

Journal or Book Title: People and the Environment:Approaches for Linking Household and Community Surveys to Remote Sensing and GIS

Keywords: Wolong Nature Reserve; giant pandas; wildlife habitat; land cover; forest; socioecono~nics; demographics; ccology; human behaviors; linkages; households; remote sensing; CIS; modeling; China

Page Number(s): 241-263

Year Published: 2003


Understanding patterns, processes, and consequences of land-cover change requires close linkages among various ecological, socioeconomic, demographic, and behavioral data. In this chapter, we present an interdisciplinary study of human impacts on land cover and panda habitat in Wolong Nature Reserve (China). Wolong is one of the largest reserves (200,000 ha) designated for giant panda conservation, but it also includes more than 4,000 local residents whose activities have a substantial impact on panda habitat. We have developed a conceptual framework that outlines the rationale for the linkage of varlous data. Our household and community surveys were linked with remote sensing and geographic information systems at three stages: data collect~on, data analysis, and systems modeling and simulation. The integration of various sources of data offers useful insight into the underlying mechanisms behind changes in land cover and panda habitat and allows us to project future ecological and demographic changes under different policy scenarios.

Type of Publication: Book Chapter