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Spatial variability of soil water content and related factors across the Hexi Corridor of China
Li, Xiangdong1,2; Shao, Mingan1,2,3; Zhao, Chunlei3; Jia, Xiaoxu2,3
2019-02
Source PublicationJournal of Arid Land
Volume11Issue:1Pages:123-134
Abstract

Soil water is a key factor limiting ecosystem sustainability in arid and semi-arid areas of the Hexi Corridor of China, which is characterized by an ecological environment that is vulnerable to climate change. However, there is a knowledge gap regarding the large-scale spatial distribution of soil water in this region. The specific objectives of this study were to determine the spatial distribution patterns of soil water content (SWC) across the entire Hexi Corridor and identify the factors responsible for spatial variation of SWC at a regional scale. This study collected and analyzed SWC in the 0–100 cm soil profile from 109 field sampling sites (farmland, grassland and forestland) across the Hexi Corridor in 2017. We selected 17 factors, including land use, topography (latitude, longitude, elevation, slope gradient, and slope aspect), soil properties (soil clay content, soil silt content, soil bulk density, saturated hydraulic conductivity, field capacity, and soil organic carbon content), climate factors (mean annual precipitation, potential evaporation, and aridity index), plant characteristic (vegetation coverage) and planting pattern (irrigation or rain-fed), as possible environmental variables to analyze their effects on SWC. The results showed that SWC was 0.083 (±0.067) g/g in the 0–100 cm soil profile and decreased in the order of farmland, grassland and forestland. The SWC in the upper soil layers (0–20, 20–40 and 40–60 cm) had obvious difference when the mean annual precipitation differed by 200 mm. The SWC decreased from southeast to northwest following the same pattern as precipitation, and had a moderate to strong spatial dependence in a large effective range (75–378 km). The SWC showed a similar distribution and had no significant difference between soil layers in the 0–100 cm soil profile. The principal component analysis showed that the mean annual precipitation, geographical position (longitude and latitude) and soil properties (soil bulk density and soil clay content) were the main factors dominating the variance of environmental variables. A stepwise linear regression equation showed that plant characteristic (vegetation coverage) and soil properties (soil organic carbon content, field capacity and soil clay content) were the optimal factors to predict the variation of SWC. Soil clay content could better explain SWC variation in the deeper soil layers compared with other factors.

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Language英语
Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.iswc.ac.cn/handle/361005/8768
Collection水保所2018--届毕业生论文
Affiliation1.State Key Laboratory of Soil Erosion and Dryland Farming on the Loess Plateau, Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Ministry of Water Resources
2.College of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences
3.Key Laboratory of Ecosystem Network Observation and Modeling, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences
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Li, Xiangdong,Shao, Mingan,Zhao, Chunlei,et al. Spatial variability of soil water content and related factors across the Hexi Corridor of China[J]. Journal of Arid Land,2019,11(1):123-134.
APA Li, Xiangdong,Shao, Mingan,Zhao, Chunlei,&Jia, Xiaoxu.(2019).Spatial variability of soil water content and related factors across the Hexi Corridor of China.Journal of Arid Land,11(1),123-134.
MLA Li, Xiangdong,et al."Spatial variability of soil water content and related factors across the Hexi Corridor of China".Journal of Arid Land 11.1(2019):123-134.
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