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Landform Instability and Land-use Dynamics in Tropical High Mountains, Central Mexico
Corresponding AuthorGARCÍA-ROMERO Arturo
Source PublicationJournal of Mountain Science
AbstractThis investigation is an analysis of the influence of landform instability on the distribution of land-use dynamics in a hydrographical basin, located in the Mexican Volcanic Belt mountain range (central Mexico), currently affected by substantial changes in land use and deforestation. A landform map was produced, in addition to seven attribute maps – altimetry, drainage density, slope, relief energy, potential erosion, geology and tectonics – which were considered as factors for determining landform instability through Multi-criteria Evaluation Analysis. Likewise, the direction and rhythm of land-use dynamics were analyzed in four dates – between 1976 and 2000 – and cross tabulations were made between them, in order to analyze the trends and processes of land-use dynamics. Afterwards, the databases obtained were cross tabulated with the landform variables to derive areas, percentages and correlation indices. In the study area, high-instability landforms are associated with most ancient volcanic and sedimentary landforms, where high altitude, drainage density, slope and potential to develop gravitational and fluvial processes are the major factors favouring a land-use pattern, dominated by the conservation of extensive forest land, abandonment of human land use and regeneration of disturbed areas. In contrast, low-instability landforms correspond to alluvial plains and lava hills covered by pyroclasts, where low potential erosion to develop fluvial processes, added to water and soil availability and accessibility, have favoured a land-use pattern dominated by the expansion of agroforestry plantations and human settlements, showing a marked trend towards either intensification or permanence of the current land use and with little abandonment and regeneration.
KeywordLandform Instability Multi-criteria Evaluation Analysis LAnd-use Change And Processes Tuxpan River Basin
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CollectionJournal of Mountain Science_Journal of Mountain Science-2012_Vol9 No.3
Corresponding AuthorGARCÍA-ROMERO Arturo
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GARCÍA-ROMERO Arturo,ACEVES-QUESADA José Fernando,ARREDONDO-LEÓN Carlos. Landform Instability and Land-use Dynamics in Tropical High Mountains, Central Mexico[J]. Journal of Mountain Science,2012,9(3):414-430.
APA GARCÍA-ROMERO Arturo,ACEVES-QUESADA José Fernando,&ARREDONDO-LEÓN Carlos.(2012).Landform Instability and Land-use Dynamics in Tropical High Mountains, Central Mexico.Journal of Mountain Science,9(3),414-430.
MLA GARCÍA-ROMERO Arturo,et al."Landform Instability and Land-use Dynamics in Tropical High Mountains, Central Mexico".Journal of Mountain Science 9.3(2012):414-430.
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