Special Issue "Climate Change and Human Activities Impact on Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau"

A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818). This special issue belongs to the section "Biogeography and Macroecology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 1146

Special Issue Editors

Chengdu Institute of Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu 610041, China
Interests: landscape ecology; coupled human-natural system; sustainable development
College of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Key Laboratory of West China’s Environmental Systems (MOE), Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000, China
Interests: integrated physical geography; land change science; ecosystem service; environmental remote sensing; ecological assessment
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Institute of Land Surface System and Sustainable Development, Faculty of Geographical Science, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
Interests: ecohydrology; sociohydrology; ecosystem services and socio-ecological systems
Prof. Dr. Lynn Huntsinger
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Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
Interests: rangeland conservation and management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The open-access journal Diversity (EISSN 1424-2818, IF 3.031) is pleased to announce the launch of a new Special Issue entitled “Climate Change and Human Activities Impact on Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau”.

Climate change and human activities are the most defining concerns of today’s world, and have greatly reshaped, or are in the process of altering, Earth’s terrestrial ecosystems. As the highest natural geographical unit and the “third pole” on Earth, the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau is particularly vulnerable to climate change and human activities. In the context of ongoing climate and anthropogenic changes on the plateau, social-ecological feedbacks had profound impacts resulting in a series of environmental and ecological problems. Moreover, economic development and ecological conservation are still in conflict on the plateau due to climate change, human activities and their synergistic interactions. Therefore, exploring socio-ecological systems dynamics and their driving factors may provide scientific knowledge to better manage the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau’s natural ecosystem. This Special Issue aims to bring together multidisciplinary scientists and specialists to develop ecological and/or social approaches that can improve our understanding of the impacts of climate change and human activities on terrestrial ecosystems, and therefore contribute to the sustainable ecological management of the plateau.  

Prof. Dr. Tao Lu
Prof. Dr. Jie Gong
Prof. Dr. Shuai Wang
Prof. Dr. Lynn Huntsinger
Guest Editors

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  • climate change
  • anthropogenic disturbance
  • land use/land cover change
  • ecological and environmental effects
  • driving factors
  • sustainable development goals
  • nature–human interactions
  • ecosystem services
  • infrastructure development
  • urbanization process
  • livestock grazing
  • risk assessment

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18 pages, 6360 KiB  
Spatiotemporal Changes in the Watershed Ecosystem Services Supply and Demand Relationships in the Eastern Margin of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau
Diversity 2023, 15(4), 551; https://doi.org/10.3390/d15040551 - 13 Apr 2023
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Clarifying the spatiotemporal changes in the supply and demand relationship of ecosystem services (ESs) is essential for optimizing ESs management. However, several studies have reported the ESs supply and demand risk in complex mountainous areas. In this study, we quantitatively analyzed the spatiotemporal [...] Read more.
Clarifying the spatiotemporal changes in the supply and demand relationship of ecosystem services (ESs) is essential for optimizing ESs management. However, several studies have reported the ESs supply and demand risk in complex mountainous areas. In this study, we quantitatively analyzed the spatiotemporal variation in ESs supply, demand, and their trade-off and synergy, including water yield, soil conservation, and food provision in the Bailongjiang watershed (BLJW) in western China. The results showed that the total supply and demand of water-yield and soil-conservation services rose with a surplus from 2002 to 2018, except for food provision. A high value characterizes the water-yield and soil-conservation supply in the south, but there are low values in the east BLJW. The spatial distribution of water and food supply–demand featured a high demand in the subareas with population aggregation. Soil-conservation demand is high in the northwest and south of Wudu. The dominant spatial matching type of supply and demand in water yield was a high supply with a low demand. Soil conservation was associated with a low supply and low demand, and food provision with a high supply and increased demand. A synergy existed between water yield and soil conservation. Trade-offs existed between water yield, food provision, and soil conservation. The spatial distribution of trade-off intensity showed distinctive patterns. The supply–demand ratio of WY and SC decreased with the increasing trade-off intensity. This study comprehensively considers ES and supply–demand conflicts, thus providing a new perspective and approach for enhancing ecosystem services and high-quality regional development. Full article
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