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Abandoned Altitudes? Decrease and Expansion of Grassland in the Hinterland of Popayán, Southern Colombian Andes
Andreas Haller; Oliver Bender
Corresponding AuthorAndreas Haller
2015-01
Source PublicationJournal of Mountain Science
Volume12Issue:1Pages:123-133
AbstractDue to their ecological disadvantages, many mountain regions have experienced land-use abandonment and shrub encroachment on former grassland at higher altitudinal zones—especially during recent decades of urbanization. But does this trend also apply to the hinterland of urban settlements? By using the Southern Colombian example of Popayán, a medium-sized city located in the Northern Andes, we can show that the landscape changes observed between 1989 and 2010 can hardly be related to agricultural abandonment. Hypsometric variations of land-cover change indicate that, until 2001, woods or shrubland expanded faster at the lower altitudinal range adjacent to the city than at the more remote higher zones. In contrast, after 2001 grassland areas increased on former woods or shrubland at all altitudinal belts. Both periods thus present developments that can be interpreted as the result of land-use expansion below 2000 m asl and land-use persistence in the tierra fría of the mountain city’s hinterland.
KeywordLand-cover Change Land-use Change Rural–urban Linkages Northern Andes
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.imde.ac.cn/handle/131551/7696
CollectionJournal of Mountain Science_Journal of Mountain Science-2015_Vol12 No.1
Corresponding AuthorAndreas Haller
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Andreas Haller,Oliver Bender. Abandoned Altitudes? Decrease and Expansion of Grassland in the Hinterland of Popayán, Southern Colombian Andes[J]. Journal of Mountain Science,2015,12(1):123-133.
APA Andreas Haller,&Oliver Bender.(2015).Abandoned Altitudes? Decrease and Expansion of Grassland in the Hinterland of Popayán, Southern Colombian Andes.Journal of Mountain Science,12(1),123-133.
MLA Andreas Haller,et al."Abandoned Altitudes? Decrease and Expansion of Grassland in the Hinterland of Popayán, Southern Colombian Andes".Journal of Mountain Science 12.1(2015):123-133.
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