Climate variability and land-use change in Danangou watershed, China
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2005

With global concern on climate change impacts, developing countries are given special attention due their susceptibility. In this paper, change and variability in climate, land use and farmers’ perception, adaptation and response to change are examined in Danangou watershed in the Chinese Loess Plateau. The first focus is to look at how climate data recorded at meteorological stations recently have evolved, and how farmers perceived these changes. Further, we want to see how the farmers respond and adapt to climate variability and what the resulting impact on land use is. Finally, other factors causing change in land use are considered. Local precipitation and temperature instrumental data and interview data from farmers were used. The instrumental data shows that the climate is getting warmer and drier, the latter despite large interannual variability. The trend is seen on the local and regional level. Farmers’ perception of climatic variability corresponds well with the data record. During the last 20 years, the farmers have become less dependent on agriculture by adopting a more diversified livelihood. This adaptation makes them less vulnerable to climate variability. It was found that government policies and reforms had a stronger influence on land use than climate variability. Small-scale farmers should therefore be considered as adaptive to changing situations, planned and non-consciously planned.


climate change

land-use change


Johanna Hageback

Göteborgs universitet

Jenny Klingberg

Göteborgs universitet

Madelene Ostwald

Göteborgs universitet

Deliang Chen

Göteborgs universitet

Xie Yun

Per Knutsson

Göteborgs universitet

Climatic Change

0165-0009 (ISSN) 1573-1480 (eISSN)

Vol. 72 1-2 189-212


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