Sustainable livestock carring capacity and overgrazing rate of grassland over Qinghai-Tibet plateau since 1980

This dataset subsumes sustainable livestock carrying capacity in 2000, 2010, and 2018 and overgrazing rate in 1980, 1990, 2000, 2010, and 2017 at county level over Qinghai Tibet Plateau. Based on the NPP data simulated by VIP (vehicle interface process), an eco hydrological model with independent intellectual property of the institute of geographic sciences and nature resources research(IGSNRR), Chinese academy of Sciences(CAS), the grass yield data (1km resolution) is obtained. Grass yield is then calculated at county level, and corresponding sustainable livestock carring capacity is calculated according to the sustainable livestock capacity calculation standard of China(NY / T 635-2015). Overgrazing rate is calculated based on actual livestock carring capacity at county level.The dataset will provide reference for grassland restoration, management and utilization strategies.

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File name: the file name is "tls-yyyy.xls" and "od-yyyy.xls", where TLS represents the theoretical livestock capacity, OD represents overgrazing rate, yyyy represents the year, for example, TLS-2010 represents the sustainable livestock carring capacity data of each county in the Qinghai Tibet Plateau in 2010.

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MO Xingguo. Sustainable livestock carring capacity and overgrazing rate of grassland over Qinghai-Tibet plateau since 1980. National Tibetan Plateau Data Center, 2020. doi: 10.11888/Socioeco.tpdc.270347. (Download the reference: RIS | Bibtex )

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Geographic coverage
East: 104.78 West: 73.32
South: 26.00 North: 39.78
  • Temporal resolution: 1 year < x < 10 year
  • Spatial resolution: 100m - 1km
  • File size: 3 MB
  • Browse count: 719 Times
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  • Share mode: online
  • Temporal coverage: 1982-01-01 To 2018-12-31
  • Updated time: 2020-01-09
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Distributor: National Tibetan Plateau Data Center


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