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Alpine cold vegetation response to climate change in the western Nyainqentanglha range in 1972-2009.

Wang X, Sun Z, Zhou AG - ScientificWorldJournal (2014)

Bottom Line: This may be the result of the mountain effect.The variation appears to be associated with an increase in mean temperature of 0.05 °C per year and an increase in precipitation of 1.83 mm per year in the growing season of the past four decades.The results provide further evidence of alpine ecosystem change due to climate change in the central Tibetan Plateau.

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Affiliation: School of Environmental Studies, China University of Geosciences, 388 Lumo Road, Wuhan 430074, China ; Laboratory of Basin Hydrology and Wetland Eco-Restoration, China University of Geosciences, 388 Lumo Road, Wuhan 430074, China.

ABSTRACT
The Tibetan Plateau is regarded as one of the most climatic-sensitive regions all over the world. Long-term remote sensing data enable us to monitor spatial-temporal change in this area. The vegetation changes of the western Nyainqentanglha region were detected by using RS and GIS techniques. And the vegetation coverage was derived by the NDVI-SMA (spectral mixture analysis) methods. An incensement of vegetation was observed in the mountain areas during 1972-2009 with a mean vegetation coverage of 24.87%, 35.89%, and 42.88% in 30/09/1972, 14/09/1991, and 30/08/2009, respectively. The vegetation fraction increased by 18% in the period of 1972-2009. The bin with the elevation between 4400 and 5200 m had the highest vegetation coverage. This may be the result of the mountain effect. Alpine vegetation had a trend to increase and expand to higher altitudes with the climate change in the past 40 years. The variation appears to be associated with an increase in mean temperature of 0.05 °C per year and an increase in precipitation of 1.83 mm per year in the growing season of the past four decades. The results provide further evidence of alpine ecosystem change due to climate change in the central Tibetan Plateau.

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fig1: Location of the study area.

Mentions: The western Nyainqentanglha area is located in the south-eastern centre of the Tibetan Plateau and extends in a NE-SW direction (Figure 1). The average altitude of the WNR is about 5500 m with the highest peak (Mount Nyainqentanglha) reaching the altitude of 7162 m.a.s.l. The study site is bordered by the northern part of the Gangdise Mountains in the SE and by the Nam Co in the NW.


Alpine cold vegetation response to climate change in the western Nyainqentanglha range in 1972-2009.

Wang X, Sun Z, Zhou AG - ScientificWorldJournal (2014)

Location of the study area.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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fig1: Location of the study area.
Mentions: The western Nyainqentanglha area is located in the south-eastern centre of the Tibetan Plateau and extends in a NE-SW direction (Figure 1). The average altitude of the WNR is about 5500 m with the highest peak (Mount Nyainqentanglha) reaching the altitude of 7162 m.a.s.l. The study site is bordered by the northern part of the Gangdise Mountains in the SE and by the Nam Co in the NW.

Bottom Line: This may be the result of the mountain effect.The variation appears to be associated with an increase in mean temperature of 0.05 °C per year and an increase in precipitation of 1.83 mm per year in the growing season of the past four decades.The results provide further evidence of alpine ecosystem change due to climate change in the central Tibetan Plateau.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: School of Environmental Studies, China University of Geosciences, 388 Lumo Road, Wuhan 430074, China ; Laboratory of Basin Hydrology and Wetland Eco-Restoration, China University of Geosciences, 388 Lumo Road, Wuhan 430074, China.

ABSTRACT
The Tibetan Plateau is regarded as one of the most climatic-sensitive regions all over the world. Long-term remote sensing data enable us to monitor spatial-temporal change in this area. The vegetation changes of the western Nyainqentanglha region were detected by using RS and GIS techniques. And the vegetation coverage was derived by the NDVI-SMA (spectral mixture analysis) methods. An incensement of vegetation was observed in the mountain areas during 1972-2009 with a mean vegetation coverage of 24.87%, 35.89%, and 42.88% in 30/09/1972, 14/09/1991, and 30/08/2009, respectively. The vegetation fraction increased by 18% in the period of 1972-2009. The bin with the elevation between 4400 and 5200 m had the highest vegetation coverage. This may be the result of the mountain effect. Alpine vegetation had a trend to increase and expand to higher altitudes with the climate change in the past 40 years. The variation appears to be associated with an increase in mean temperature of 0.05 °C per year and an increase in precipitation of 1.83 mm per year in the growing season of the past four decades. The results provide further evidence of alpine ecosystem change due to climate change in the central Tibetan Plateau.

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Related in: MedlinePlus