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Methods for cropland reconstruction based on gazetteers in the QingDynasty (1644-1911): a case study in Zhili province, China
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8446-0183
2015 (English)In: Applied Geography, ISSN 0143-6228, E-ISSN 1873-7730, Vol. 65, 82-92 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The accuracy of historical land use/land cover change (LUCC) reconstruction on the regional scale isfundamental for global change research. In this study, based on gazetteers, we developed a methodologicalframework. It follows the steps including 1) collecting the land tax payment records which hadinformation on cropland and calculating the total registered cropland data in each county; 2) validatingthe registered land data based on the understanding of the traditional Chinese principles of landassessment; 3) selecting the time slices which obtain as many counties with cropland data as possibleand 4) interpolating the missing data based on their temporal and spatial distribution, to produce thecropland dataset at the county level in 1677, 1755 and 1884 in Zhili province (including the currentadministrative territory of Beijing municipality, Tianjin municipality, most of Hebei province and a fewparts of Henan province, Shangdong province, Liaoning Province and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region).In comparison, our cropland data is close to most of the other researchers' and its spatial resolutionis improved. The developed methods were reliable and could be applied to improve the precision of theexisting LUCC datasets and could be used to study regional climate and environment simulations.

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2015. Vol. 65, 82-92 p.
Keyword [en]
methodology, cropland cover change reconstruction, gazetteers, Zhili province, China
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Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-124011DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2015.11.002ISI: 000367774600008OAI: diva2:881131
Available from: 2015-12-09 Created: 2015-12-09 Last updated: 2016-02-01Bibliographically approved

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