A study of land cover change and its environmental index application

Prof. Lin, Chao-yuan

Taiwan was named as “Formosa” due to its plentiful forest resources back at the time. In addition, the mountainous landscape, high species diversity and the location of East Asian Monsoon along with high annual average rainfall of 2500mm per year together formed the unique Taiwan. Under the rapid population growth and limited land resources, many slopes have been developed continuously to farmland or residential area to satisfy the demands. Land use or/and land cover changes could lead to environmental issues such as flood, water pollution, and landslide. The consequent objectives of this three-year project are recognized, as shown in the following:

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