A Quarter-Century of Large-Scale Vegetation Changes in China
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As their contribution to the literature, in a review paper on the subject Zhao et al. provide an overview of "the current status of large-scale vegetation studies using remote sensing techniques in China to understand the temporal and spatial patterns of vegetation activity in China over the past few decades, the inter-annual variations of phenology for the main vegetation types, and desertification status - particularly regarding vegetation degradation in arid and semi-arid regions."
In describing their findings, the three Chinese researchers state that "over the past 2-3 decades our review shows that the satellite-derived index (NDVI) during the growing season and the vegetation net primary productivity in major terrestrial ecosystems (for example forests, grasslands, shrubs, and croplands) have significantly increased." Such findings yet again provide striking evidence for the ongoing Greening of the Earth in which the great expanse of China plays a major role.
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