*This research was supported by a grant from the National Science Council of Taiwan (NSC-92-2415-H-002-025). We thank two anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments.
Analyzing Spatial and Temporal Changes of Aquaculture in Yunlin County, Taiwan*
Article first published online: 12 APR 2006
The Professional Geographer
Volume 58, Issue 2, pages 161–171, May 2006
How to Cite
Tsai, B.-W., Chang, K.-T., Chang, C.-Y. and Chu, C.-M. (2006), Analyzing Spatial and Temporal Changes of Aquaculture in Yunlin County, Taiwan. The Professional Geographer, 58: 161–171. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9272.2006.00523.x
- Issue published online: 12 APR 2006
- Article first published online: 12 APR 2006
- Initial submission, November 2003; revised submission, November 2004 and February 2005; final acceptance, March 2005.
- questionnaire survey;
- spatial analysis;
This article analyzes spatial and temporal changes of aquaculture land use in Yunlin County, Taiwan, and discusses the driving forces for these changes. Digital land-use maps and satellite imagery for 1982, 1988, 1994, and 2002 were used to extract aquaculture areas. A geographic information system was used to derive changes in aquaculture areas and to compute the spatial clustering statistics over time. A survey of eighty-seven farmers was conducted to obtain their views and concerns about aquaculture. The results show a rapid expansion in aquaculture during the 1980s, driven mainly by exports to Japan, and a continuous decline since the mid-1990s because of economic, environmental, and demographic factors.