Assessment of Water Yield and Water Purification Services in the Arid Zone of Northwest China: The Case of the Ebinur Lake Basin | Land Portal

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January 2023
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LP-midp000155
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© 2023 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article

Assessing how land-use changes will affect water-producing ecosystem services is particularly important for water resource management and ecosystem conservation. In this study, the InVEST model and geographical detector were used to assess the water ecosystem service functions of the Ebinur Lake Basin and analyze their relationship with land-use changes. The results show that in the past 25 years, the water yield of the study area showed a trend of a strong yield at first and then a weaker one; there was a relatively large water yield in the west and southeast regions of the basin. The order of water yield for different land-use types is as follows: forest land > grassland > water area > unused land > crop land > construction land. After 2010, the output load of nitrogen and phosphorus increased; thus, the water purification ability weakened. The main land-use types in areas that demonstrate a large change rate in water purification capacity in the basin are cultivated land and construction land. Changes in the two water ecosystem services were associated with land-use changes. Geodetector analysis results further validated this conclusion. This study proposes a viable, replicable framework for land-use decisions in ecologically fragile watersheds. This study not only helps to gain insight into urban growth patterns in the study area but also helps to inform different land-use stakeholders.

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Duolaiti, XilinayiKasimu, AlimujiangReheman, RukeyaAizizi, YimuranziWei, Bohao

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MDPI AG, a publisher of open-access scientific journals, was spun off from the Molecular Diversity Preservation International organization. It was formally registered by Shu-Kun Lin and Dietrich Rordorf in May 2010 in Basel, Switzerland, and maintains editorial offices in China, Spain and Serbia. MDPI relies primarily on article processing charges to cover the costs of editorial quality control and production of articles. Over 280 universities and institutes have joined the MDPI Institutional Open Access Program; authors from these organizations pay reduced article processing charges.