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Chinese Journal of Applied Ecology ›› 2024, Vol. 35 ›› Issue (3): 687-694.doi: 10.13287/j.1001-9332.202403.021

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Change pattern and stability of oasisization land in Mu Us Sandy Land

YANG Haoqin1, WANG Haibing1*, ZUO Hejun1, QIAO Shuo2, LI Siqi1   

  1. 1College of Desert Control Science and Engineering/Key Laboratory of Aeolian Sand Physics and Sand Control Engineering in Inner Mongolia, Inner Mongolia Agricultural University, Hohhot 010018, China;
    2Inner Mongolia Uxin Banner Forestry and Grassland Administration, Uxin Banner 017399, Inner Mongolia, China
  • Received:2023-08-20 Revised:2024-01-12 Online:2024-03-18 Published:2024-06-18

Abstract: Understanding land structure change and stability in the process of oasisization is particularly important for the desertification control in sandy land. Based on land use data of eight periods from 1980 to 2020, we extracted the spatial distribution information of oasis land in Mu Us Sandy Land, and analyzed the spatio-temporal variations of land transformation patterns and stability of oasis land with overlay analysis and grid analysis. The results showed that desertification in the Mu Us Sandy Land had reversed, with a significant process of oasis. The area of forest and grassland increased from 10.2% in 1980 to 73.7% in 2020, while the area of oasisization land increased from 32500 km2 in 1980 to 33900 km2 in 2020. The area of extremely severe, severe, and moderate desertification significantly decreased, while the area of non-desertification and mild desertification obviously increased. The four patterns of oasisization land transformation, including stability, fluctuation, expansion, and retreat, which accounted for 78.7%, 12.2%, 6.2%, and 2.9% of the oasisization land area in 2020, respectively. The oasisization land with low change intensity (the cumulative change intensity less than 0.12) in the Mu Us Sandy Land accounted for 82.7% of the total oasisization area, and the oasisization land in the sandy land was generally stable. Zoning management strategies should be applied according to the stability of sand belt and transformation pattern of oasisization land to achieve the goal of efficient system management and improvement, including eliminating sand hazards at desertification expansion areas with strong wind and sand activities, consolidating sand resources at oasisization areas where ecologically fragile desertification was frequent, and sustainably managing and utilizing sand resources at stable expansion of oases in forest- and grass-rich oasisization areas.

Key words: Mu Us Sandy Land, oasisization land, change mode, stability, governance measure