Mapping land-use dynamic in the Vietnamese mekong delta

Thuy Ngan Le, Arnold K. Bregt

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Policies supporting rice cultivation and investments in water infrastructures facilitated intensification and diversification of land-use in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta. Although the major changes are acknowledged in the literature, few studies have examined the dynamism of land-use across the delta. Overlaying land-use maps, we identified land-use dynamic by the number of changes observed during the 11-year study period. Land-use was found to be highly variable, changing by 14.94% annually between 2001 and 2012. Rice cropping underwent the greatest change, evolving from single cropping of traditional varieties towards double and triple cropping of highyielding varieties. A clear trend was observable in the upper delta, where large expanses of triple rice cropping, especially within the dyke systems. Changes in land-use were also observed in the central delta and coastal zone, but here the pattern was more fragmented. Meanwhile, aquaculture remained stable after rapid expansion in the early 2000s.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSGEM2017 Conference Proceedings
ISBN (Print)9786197408034
Publication statusPublished - 14 Sep 2017

Publication series

NameInternational Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference & EXPO SGEM
ISSN (Print)1314-2704


  • GIS
  • Land-use
  • Mekong Delta
  • Time-series map
  • Vietnam


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