GEOGRAPHICAL RESEARCH ›› 2009, Vol. 28 ›› Issue (4): 990-1000.doi: 10.11821/yj2009040013

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Human dimensions of land use change in Dalian

GUAN Wei1,2, WANG Xue2   

  1. 1. Research Center for Marine Economy and Sustainable Development, Liaoning Normal University, Dalian 116029, China;
    2. College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Liaoning Normal University, Dalian 116029, China
  • Received:2009-01-13 Revised:2009-05-22 Online:2009-07-25 Published:2009-07-25
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With the deepening of global change researches, scientists have gradually realized that land use change caused by human dimensions is one of the essential factors and important components of global environmental change. Land use is in turn affected by human dimensions. So it necessary to reveal the relationship between land change and human dimensions. The Chinese Government energetically responds to the relevant research agenda jointly formulated by IGBP and human field research programme of global environmental change and tries to get in line with it as well as focuses on the Chinese characteristics. After a brief review of the studies on the human dimensions of the land use changes at home and abroad, this paper makes a thorough and careful study on the human dimensions that affect the land use changes in Dalian from the angles of qualitative and quantitative analysis by applying the SPSS statistic analysis techniques (such as the factor analysis and the regression analysis) together upon the data collected from the government materials, the statistical data and the on-the-spot investigation records. The findings indicate the tremendous impact of human behavior. First, using factor analysis, we identified five main factors affecting land use change in Dalian: economic development and urbanization, industrial structure, agricultural structure, investment factor and population. Then, using linear regression, we put the ratio of land use change and the intensity of land use change into functional relations. The result reveals that some factors have the same impact on land use change in Dalian. For example, the factors including industrial structure, economic development and urbanization have more impact on urban land use than the others.

Key words: land use change, human dimensions, influencing factors, Dalian