Achieving carbon neutrality in China: Spectral clustering analysis of plant diversity

Li, Ping and Li, Rita Yi Man and Chen, Hong and Cao, Yong and Kaabar, Mohammed Khalid Awad (2022) Achieving carbon neutrality in China: Spectral clustering analysis of plant diversity. Frontiers In Environmental Science, 10. ISSN 2296-665X, DOI

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Plants have a long history and diverse species. They play a critical role in the ecological chain, human production and life. With a vast territory, China has rich plant species and complex geographical regions, and research on the distribution of plant diversity in China is significant for utilising, developing, and protecting biological resources. This study aimed to study plant diversity in China. It obtained the plant diversity distribution data in China, then analysed it via spectral clustering and visualised it via Echarts. It was found that Yunnan records the most considerable plant diversity, followed by Sichuan and Tibet, meaning that the Southwestern part of China has the most extensive plant diversity. While it is expected that Tibet and Yunnan have backward economic development and hence a lower level of human destruction on plant diversity, Sichuan's economic development is quite good. The land of abundance still has a wide variety of plants owing to excellent irrigation projects since 256BC. Besides, the Hengduan Mountains were the main route for Chinese plants to migrate from the west to the east, which might be closely related to the Himalayan orogeny. The Himalayan orogeny promotes the formation of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, which is a vital factor in the biodiversity formation in China. This study provides a basis for China's conservation and study and enhances our understanding of plant biodiversity. As plant biodiversity increases soil organic carbon storage, it offers insights into carbon neutrality practitioners and researchers.

Item Type: Article
Funders: Ministry of Education's "Research on the Institutional Construction of Medical-Pension Integration and Old-age Security", Anhui Provincial Social Science Planning Fund's major project "Anhui Province's Comprehensive Construction of a Well-off Society" [18YJA790065], Anhui Provincial Social Science Planning Project "Research on the Obstacles and Pathways of Migrant Workers' Family Migration in Anhui Province" [AHSKZD2019D04], Key Scientific Research Project of Anhui University of Finance and Economics "Research on Language Skills, Education Human Capital and Migrant Workers' Income" [AHSKY2020D44]
Uncontrolled Keywords: Plant diversity distribution; Spectral clustering; Hengduan mountains; Himalayan orogeny; Carbon neutrality
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2023 04:26
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2023 04:26

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