Journal of Arid Land


The middle and lower reaches of the Tarim River are currently one of the main regions of ecological restoration in the arid areas of western China. Using the principles and method of landscape ecology, this study has chosen the fluvial corridor landscape in the middle and lower reaches of the Tarim River, and discusses the region’s ecologically functional regionalization system and issues related to its practical classification. On this basis the corresponding regionalizing principles and standards were developed which were used to qualita-tively divide the three main landscapes as the ecologically functional areas in the drainage basin. The paper has also analyzed the characteristic of the study areas, and has put forward the measures for its ecological restoration.


fluvial corridor landscape; ecological function regionalization; ecological regeneration; Tarim River

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