Accessing the Urbanization Impacts on Township Environment in Semi-Arid Region of Northwest China by Multi-Disciplined Methods


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The process of urbanization has significant and various impacts on the environment of the earth, either positive or negative. In this paper, multi-disciplined methods such as GIS and bird survey were used to monitor the landscape change and ecosystem transformation by urbanization. The case study in Xiaguanyin Town of Northwest China demonstrated that urbanization can probably have positive environmental influences on a relatively arid place.



Advanced Materials Research (Volumes 726-731)

Edited by:

Ji Zhao, Reza Iranpour, Xinyong Li and Bo Jin






L. Gu et al., "Accessing the Urbanization Impacts on Township Environment in Semi-Arid Region of Northwest China by Multi-Disciplined Methods", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 726-731, pp. 4875-4878, 2013

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August 2013




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