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Advances in Meteorology
Volume 2014, Article ID 859765, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/859765
Research Article

Monitoring Grassland Tourist Season of Inner Mongolia, China Using Remote Sensing Data

1Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, A11 Datun Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101, China
2College of Geography and Tourism, Chongqing Normal University, No. 12 Tianchen Road, Shapingba District, Chongqing 400047, China
3State Key Laboratory of Water Environment Simulation, School of Environment, Beijing Normal University, Xinjiekouwai Street, Beijing 100875, China
4Tourism School, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064, China

Received 12 February 2014; Accepted 24 March 2014; Published 10 April 2014

Academic Editor: Dong Jiang

Copyright © 2014 Quansheng Ge et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Phenology-driven events, such as spring wildflower displays or fall tree colour, are generally appreciated by tourists for centuries around the world. Monitoring when tourist seasons occur using satellite data has been an area of growing research interest in recent decades. In this paper, a valid methodology for detecting the grassland tourist season using remote sensing data was presented. On average, the beginning, the best, and the end of grassland tourist season of Inner Mongolia, China, occur in late June (±30 days), early July (±30 days), and late July (±50 days), respectively. In south region, the grassland tourist season appeared relatively late. The length of the grassland tourist season is about 90 days with strong spatial trend. South areas exhibit longer tourist season.