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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2013, Article ID 329187, 7 pages
Research Article

Evaluation of the Impacts of Land Use on Water Quality: A Case Study in The Chaohu Lake Basin

1State Key Laboratory of Water Environment Simulation, School of Environment, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
2Institute of Geographic Science and Natural Resource Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
3Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy, CAS, Beijing 100101, China

Received 10 May 2013; Accepted 1 July 2013

Academic Editors: J. Bai and B. Cui

Copyright © 2013 Juan Huang 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.


It has been widely accepted that there is a close relationship between the land use type and water quality. There have been some researches on this relationship from the perspective of the spatial configuration of land use in recent years. This study aims to analyze the influence of various land use types on the water quality within the Chaohu Lake Basin based on the water quality monitoring data and RS data from 2000 to 2008, with the small watershed as the basic unit of analysis. The results indicated that there was significant negative correlation between forest land and grassland and the water pollution, and the built-up area had negative impacts on the water quality, while the influence of the cultivated land on the water quality was very complex. Besides, the impacts of the landscape diversity on the indicators of water quality within the watershed were also analyzed, the result of which indicated there was a significant negative relationship between them. The results can provide important scientific reference for the local land use optimization and water pollution control and guidance for the formulation of policies to coordinate the exploitation and protection of the water resource.