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Advances in Meteorology
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 1031854, 13 pages
Research Article

Effects of Climate and Land Use Changes on Water Resources in the Taoer River

1School of Hydraulic Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024, China
2Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xiamen 361021, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Jianwei Liu

Received 8 December 2016; Revised 10 February 2017; Accepted 23 February 2017; Published 23 March 2017

Academic Editor: Francesco Viola

Copyright © 2017 Jianwei Liu 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.


The changes of both climate and land use/cover have some impacts on water resources. In the Taoer River basin, these changes have directly influenced the land use pattern adjustment, wetland protection, connections between rivers and reservoirs, local social and economic development, and so forth. Therefore, studying the impacts of climate and land use/cover changes is of great practical significance. The Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) model is employed in this study. With historical measured runoff data and remote sensing maps of annual land use classifications, we analyzed the impacts of climate change on the runoff of the Taoer River. Based on the land use/cover classifications of 1990, 2000, and 2010, we analyzed the land use/cover change over the last 30 years and the contribution coefficient of farmland, woodland, grassland, and other major land use types to the runoff. This study can provide a reference for the rational allocation of water resources and the adjustment of land use structure for decision makers.