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Volume 379
Proc. IAHS, 379, 243-248, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/piahs-379-243-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
Proc. IAHS, 379, 243-248, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/piahs-379-243-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Pre-conference publication 05 Jun 2018

Pre-conference publication | 05 Jun 2018

Land Use/Land Cover Changes and Its Response to Hydrological Characteristics in the Upper Reaches of Minjiang River

Kai Ma1,2, Xiaorong Huang1,2, Biying Guo1,2, Yanqiu Wang1,2, and Linyun Gao1,2 Kai Ma et al.
  • 1State Key Laboratory of Hydraulics and Mountain River Engineering, Chengdu, Sichuan, 610065, China
  • 2College of Water Resource & Hydropower, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610065, China

Abstract. Land use changes alter the hydrological characteristics of the land surface, and have significant impacts on hydrological cycle and water balance, the analysis of complex effects on natural systems has become one of the main concerns. In this study, we generated the land use conversion matrixes using ArcGIS and selected several landscape indexes (contagion index, CONTAG, Shannon's diversity index, SHDI, etc.) to evaluate the impact of land use/cover changes on hydrological process in the upper reaches of Minjiang River. We also used a statistical regression model which was established based on hydrology and precipitation data during the period of 1959–2008 to simulate the impacts of different land use conditions on rainfall and runoff in different periods. Our results showed that the simulated annual mean flow from 1985 to 1995 and 1995 to 2008 are 9.19 and 1.04m3s−1 lower than the measured values, respectively, which implied that the ecological protection measures should be strengthened in the study area. Our study could provide a scientific basis for water resource management and proper land use planning of upper reaches of Minjiang River.

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Land use changes alter the hydrological characteristics of the land surface, and have significant impacts on hydrological cycle and water balance, the analysis of complex effects on natural systems has become one of the main concerns. We use different indicators to evaluate changes in land use and establish statistical models for rainfall and runoff. The results show that the predicted runoff is lower than the measured runoff. Eecological protection measures should be strengthened.
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