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1. chinaXiv:202201.00026 [pdf]

Effects of restoration modes on the spatial distribu?tion of soil physical properties after land consolida?tion: a multifractal analysis

KE Zengming; LIU Xiaoli; MA Lihui; TU Wen; FENG Zhe; JIAO Feng; WANG Zhanli
Subjects: Geosciences >> Geography

soil physical properties (SPP) are considered to be important indices that reflect soil structure, hydrological conditions and soil quality. It is of substantial interest to study the spatial distribution of SPP owing to the high spatial variability caused by land consolidation under various land restoration modes in excavated farmland in the loess hilly area of China. In our study, three land restoration modes were selected including natural restoration land (NR), alfalfa land (AL) and maize land (ML). Soil texture composition, including the contents of clay, silt and sand, field capacity (FC), saturated conductivity (Ks) and bulk density (BD) were determined using a multifractal analysis. SPP were found to possess variable characteristics, although land consolidation destroyed the soil structure and decreased the spatial autocorrelation. Furthermore, SPP varied with land restoration and could be illustrated by the multifractal parameters of D1, ?D, ?α and ?f in different modes of land restoration. Owing to multiple compaction from large machinery in the surface soil, soil particles were fine-grained and increased the spatial variability in soil texture composition under all the land restoration modes. Plough numbers and vegetative root characteristics had the most significant impacts on the improvement in SPP, which resulted in the best spatial distribution characteristics of SPP found in ML compared with those in AL and NR. In addition, compared with ML, ?α values of NR and AL were 4.9- and 3.0-fold that of FC, respectively, and ?α values of NR and AL were 2.3- and 1.5-fold higher than those of Ks, respectively. These results indicate that SPP can be rapidly improved by increasing plough numbers and planting vegetation types after land consolidation. Thus, we conclude that ML is an optimal land restoration mode that results in favorable conditions to rapidly improve SPP.

submitted time 2021-12-30 From cooperative journals:《Journal of Arid Land》 Hits2535Downloads61 Comment 0

2. chinaXiv:202112.00018 [pdf]

A bibliometric analysis of carbon exchange in global drylands

LIU Zhaogang; CHEN Zhi; YU Guirui; ZHANG Tianyou; YANG Meng
Subjects: Geosciences >> Geography

Drylands refer to regions with an aridity index lower than 0.65, and billions of people depend on services provided by the critically important ecosystems in these areas. How ecosystem carbon exchange in global drylands (CED) occurs and how climate change affects CED are critical to the global carbon cycle. Here, we performed a comprehensive bibliometric study on the fields of annual publications, marked journals, marked institutions, marked countries, popular keywords, and their temporal evolution to understand the temporal trends of CED research over the past 30 a (1991–2020). We found that the annual scientific publications on CED research increased significantly at an average growth rate of 7.93%. Agricultural Water Management ranked first among all journals and had the most citations. The ten most productive institutions were centered on drylands in America, China, and Australia that had the largest number and most citations of publications on CED research. "Climate change" and climate-related (such as "drought", "precipitation", "temperature", and "rainfall") research were found to be the most popular study areas. Keywords were classified into five clusters, indicating the five main research focuses on CED studies: hydrological cycle, effects of climate change, carbon and water balance, productivity, and carbon-nitrogen-phosphorous coupling cycles. The temporal evolution of keywords further showed that the areas of focus on CED studies were transformed from classical pedology and agricultural research to applied ecology and then to global change ecological research over the past 30 a. In future CED studies, basic themes (such as "water", "yield", and "salinity") and motor themes (such as "climate change", "sustainability", and "remote sensing") will be the focus of research on CED. In particular, multiple integrated methods to understand climate change and ecosystem sustainability are potential new research trends and hotspots.

submitted time 2021-12-03 From cooperative journals:《Journal of Arid Land》 Hits2271Downloads177 Comment 0

3. chinaXiv:202110.00019 [pdf]

Effects of different ridge-furrow mulching systems on yield and water use efficiency of summer maize in the Loess Plateau of China

CHEN Pengpeng; GU Xiaobo; LI Yuannong; QIAO Linran; LI Yupeng; FANG Heng; YIN Minhua; ZHOU Changming
Subjects: Geosciences >> Geography

Ridge-furrow film mulching has been proven to be an effective water-saving and yield-improving planting pattern in arid and semi-arid regions. Drought is the main factor limiting the local agricultural production in the Loess Plateau of China. In this study, we tried to select a suitable ridge-furrow mulching system to improve this situation. A two-year field experiment of summer maize (Zea mays L.) during the growing seasons of 2017 and 2018 was conducted to systematically analyze the effects of flat planting with no film mulching (CK), ridge-furrow with ridges mulching and furrows bare (RFM), and double ridges and furrows full mulching (DRFFM) on soil temperature, soil water storage (SWS), root growth, aboveground dry matter, water use efficiency (WUE), and grain yield. Both RFM and DRFFM significantly increased soil temperature in ridges, while soil temperature in furrows for RFM and DRFFM was similar to that for CK. The largest SWS was observed in DRFFM, followed by RFM and CK, with significant differences among them. SWS was lower in ridges than in furrows for RFM. DRFFM treatment kept soil water in ridges, resulting in higher SWS in ridges than in furrows after a period of no water input. Across the two growing seasons, compared with CK, RFM increased root mass by 10.2% and 19.3% at the jointing and filling stages, respectively, and DRFFM increased root mass by 7.9% at the jointing stage but decreased root mass by 6.0% at the filling stage. Over the two growing seasons, root length at the jointing and filling stages was respectively increased by 75.4% and 58.7% in DRFFM, and 20.6% and 30.2% in RFM. Relative to the jointing stage, the increased proportions of root mass and length at the filling stage were respectively 42.8% and 94.9% in DRFFM, 63.2% and 115.1% in CK, and 76.7% and 132.1% in RFM, over the two growing seasons, showing that DRFFM slowed down root growth while RFM promoted root growth at the later growth stages. DRFFM treatment increased root mass and root length in ridges and decreased them in 0–30 cm soil layer, while RFM increased them in 0–30 cm soil layer. Compared with CK, DRFFM decreased aboveground dry matter while RFM increased it. Evapotranspiration was reduced by 9.8% and 7.1% in DRFFM and RFM, respectively, across the two growing seasons. Grain yield was decreased by 14.3% in DRFFM and increased by 13.6% in RFM compared with CK over the two growing seasons. WUE in CK was non-significantly 6.8% higher than that in DRFFM and significantly 22.5% lower than that in RFM across the two growing seasons. Thus, RFM planting pattern is recommended as a viable water-saving option for summer maize in the Loess Plateau of China.

submitted time 2021-10-11 From cooperative journals:《Journal of Arid Land》 Hits7484Downloads330 Comment 0

4. chinaXiv:202110.00051 [pdf]


Subjects: Geosciences >> Atmospheric Sciences

基于标准化降水指数(SPI)方法,对 1971—2017 年大理河流域干旱变化特征及其与极端降 水的联系进行了分析。结果表明:(1)不同时间尺度 SPI 对降水量变化的敏感程度不同,SPI1 和 SPI3 适用于短期气象旱涝特征的识别,而 SPI6 和 SPI12 对揭示区域长期旱涝影响及持续时间效果较好。2 种时间尺度 SP(ISPI3 和 SPI12)的时间变异性均呈显著增加趋势。(2)不同季节 SPI 的变化趋势和干旱等级频次存在差异,仅冬季有一定的下降趋势,其余季节呈增加趋势,秋季最显著。年 SPI 波动幅度较大,总体上呈增加趋势,2001 年以来最明显。干旱等级均以轻旱和中旱为主(21.2%~ 36.1%),夏、秋季发生干旱的频率最高。(3)干旱事件持续时间呈不显著的减少趋势,长时间尺度干 旱事件平均持续时间、最长持续时间以及下降速度均大于短时间尺度。(4)降水集中程度增大会导 致 SPI1 减小,增加干旱发生的可能性。典型极端降水可能会降低干旱发生的概率。

submitted time 2021-10-10 From cooperative journals:《干旱区地理》 Hits178Downloads107 Comment 0

5. chinaXiv:202109.00011 [pdf]

Effects of water and nitrogen on growth and relative competitive ability of introduced versus native C4 grass species in the semi-arid Loess Plateau of China

DING Wenli; XU Weizhou; GAO Zhijuan; XU Bingcheng
Subjects: Geosciences >> Geography

Switchgrass is an introduced C4 grass in the semi-arid Loess Plateau of China, but there is a lack of information to assess its ecological invasive risk. In this study, Old World bluestems (native C4 grass) and switchgrass were sowed at five mixture ratios (8:0, 6:2, 4:4, 2:6 and 0:8) under two soil water levels (80% field capacity (FC) and 40% FC) and two nitrogen (N) treatments (0 and 100 mg N/kg dry soil, termed N0-unfertilized and N1-fertilized treatments, respectively) in a pot experiment in 2012. Biomass, root morphological traits and relative competitive abilities of these two species were analyzed. Results showed that biomass of both species was significantly greater under 80% FC or N fertilization, and switchgrass had a relatively larger root: shoot ratio (RSR). Total root length (TRL) and root surface area (RSA) of switchgrass were significantly higher under 80% FC irrespective of N treatment, while those of Old World bluestems were only significantly higher under N fertilization. N had no significant effect on TRL and RSA of switchgrass, while RSA of Old World bluestems significantly increased under 80% FC and N fertilization. Under 40% FC and N0-unfertilized treatment, the aggressivity of Old World bluestems was larger than zero at 2:6 and 4:4 mixture ratios of two species, whereas it was close to zero at 6:2 mixture ratio. Root competitive ability of switchgrass significantly increased under 80% FC or N fertilization. The aggressivity of Old World bluestems was negative at 6:2 mixture ratio under 80% FC and N fertilization, while it was positive at 2:6 mixture ratio. Switchgrass may become more aggressive when N deposition or rainfall increases, while a proper mixture ratio with appropriate water and N management could help with grassland management in the semi-arid Loess Plateau.

submitted time 2021-09-08 From cooperative journals:《Journal of Arid Land》 Hits5709Downloads207 Comment 0

6. chinaXiv:202109.00019 [pdf]

Reducing water and nitrogen inputs combined with plastic mulched ridge-furrow irrigation improves soil water and salt status in arid saline areas, China

LI Cheng; WANG Qingsong; LUO Shuai; QUAN Hao; WANG Naijiang; LUO Xiaoqi; ZHANG Tibin; DING Dianyuan; DONG Qin'ge; FENG Hao
Subjects: Geosciences >> Geography

Plastic mulched ridge-furrow irrigation is a useful method to improve crop productivity and decrease salt accumulation in arid saline areas. However, inappropriate irrigation and fertilizer practices may result in ecological and environmental problems. In order to improve the resource use efficiency in these areas, we investigated the effects of different irrigation amounts (400 (I1), 300 (I2) and 200 (I3) mm) and nitrogen application rates (300 (F1) and 150 (F2) kg N/hm2) on water consumption, salt variation and resource use efficiency of spring maize (Zea mays L.) in the Hetao Irrigation District (HID) of Northwest China in 2017 and 2018. Result showed that soil water contents were 0.2%–8.9% and 13.9%–18.1% lower for I2 and I3 than for I1, respectively, but that was slightly higher for F2 than for F1. Soil salt contents were 7.8%–23.5% and 48.5%–48.9% lower for I2 than for I1 and I3, but that was 1.6%–5.5% higher for F1 than for F2. Less salt leaching at the early growth stage (from sowing to six-leaf stage) and higher salt accumulation at the peak growth stage (from six-leaf to tasseling stage and from grain-filling to maturity stage) resulted in a higher soil salt content for I3 than for I1 and I2. Grain yields for I1 and I2 were significantly higher than that for I3 and irrigation water use efficiency for I2 was 14.7%–34.0% higher than that for I1. Compared with F1, F2 increased the partial factor productivity (PFP) of nitrogen fertilizer by more than 80%. PFP was not significantly different between I1F2 and I2F2, but significantly higher than those of other treatments. Considering the goal of saving water and nitrogen resources, and ensuring food security, we recommended the combination of I2F2 to ensure the sustainable development of agriculture in the HID and other similar arid saline areas.

submitted time 2021-09-08 From cooperative journals:《Journal of Arid Land》 Hits2078Downloads248 Comment 0

7. chinaXiv:202103.00039 [pdf]

基于InVEST模型的1999—2016 年麻塔流域 碳储量变化及空间格局研究

刘冠; 李国庆; 李洁; 张艳如; 鲁奇; 杜盛
Subjects: Environmental Sciences, Resource Sciences >> Other Disciplines of Environmental Sciences, Resource Sciences

区域碳储量是生态系统功能的重要度量指标,探索土地改造对区域碳储量变化的影响,对于协调区域生态建设和生态产业发展具有重要意义。基于InVEST模型和地理信息系统技术,研究了陕西省延安南部麻塔流域1999—2016年土地结构改造过程中区域碳储量变化,并探讨坡度、坡向、坡位对碳储量空间分布的影响。结果表明:麻塔流域18 a的土地改造使得区域碳储量增加1688.36 Mg(碳密度增加6.92 Mg·hm2),总固碳功能提升约7.63%。森林、草地和果园土地类型面积的增加是植被转换后流域景观碳储量提升的主要贡献者。碳储量增加的空间位置主要分布在半阴坡、中上坡位以及坡度10°~30°。本研究认为林草植被建设和经济果林建设两者都有利于增强麻塔流域景观固碳能力。麻塔流域土地转换模式能够协调区域生态建设和生态产业的发展,在黄土丘陵区具有较好的推广价值。

submitted time 2021-03-02 From cooperative journals:《干旱区研究》 Hits1445Downloads667 Comment 0

8. chinaXiv:202102.00064 [pdf]

Spatial variability and temporal stability of actual evapotranspiration on a hillslope of the Chinese Loess Plateau

ZHANG Yongkun; HUANG Mingbin
Subjects: Geosciences >> Geography

Actual evapotranspiration (ETa) is a key component of water balance. This study aimed to investigate the spatial variability and time stability of ETa along a hillslope and to analyze the key factors that control the spatiotemporal variability of ETa. The potential evaporation, surface runoff and 0–480 cm soil water profile were measured along a 243 m long transect on a hillslope of the Loess Plateau during the normal (2015) and wet (2016) water years. ETa was calculated using water balance equation. Results indicated that increasing precipitation during the wet water year did not alter the spatial pattern of ETa along the hillslope; time stability analysis showed that a location with high time stability of ETa could be used to estimate the mean ETa of the hillslope. Time stability of ETa was positively correlated with elevation (P<0.05), indicating that, on a hillslope in a semi-arid area, elevation was the primary factor influencing the time stability of ETa.

submitted time 2021-02-10 From cooperative journals:《Journal of Arid Land》 Hits992Downloads508 Comment 0

9. chinaXiv:202102.00066 [pdf]

Aggregate binding agents improve soil aggregate stability in Robinia pseudoacacia forests along a climatic gradient on the Loess Plateau, China

JING Hang; MENG Min; WANG Guoliang; LIU Guobin
Subjects: Geosciences >> Geography

The distribution of binding agents (i.e., soil organic carbon (SOC) and glomalin-related soil protein (GRSP)) in soil aggregates was influenced by many factors, such as plant characteristics and soil properties. However, how these factors affect binding agents and soil aggregate stability along a climatic gradient remained unclear. We selected the Robinia pseudoacacia L. forests from semi-arid to semi-humid of the Loess Plateau, China to analyze the plant biomass, soil physical-chemical properties, SOC and GRSP distribution in different sized soil aggregates. We found that from semi-arid to semi-humid forests: (1) the proportion of macro-aggregates (>0.250 mm) significantly increased (P<0.05), whereas those of micro-aggregates (0.250–0.053 mm) and fine materials (<0.053 mm) decreased and soil aggregate stability was increased; (2) the contents of SOC and GRSP in macro-aggregates and micro-aggregates significantly increased, and those in fine materials decreased; (3) the contribution of SOC to soil aggregate stability was greater than those of total GRSP and easily extractable GRSP; (4) soil properties had greater influence on binding agents than plant biomass; and (5) soil aggregate stability was enhanced by increasing the contents of SOC and GRSP in macro-aggregates and soil property was the important part during this process. Climate change from semi-arid to semi-humid forests is important factor for soil structure formation because of its positive effect on soil aggregates.

submitted time 2021-02-10 From cooperative journals:《Journal of Arid Land》 Hits946Downloads511 Comment 0

10. chinaXiv:202102.00067 [pdf]

Decomposition of different crop straws and variation in straw-associated microbial communities in a peach orchard, China

ZHANG Hong; CAO Yingfei; LYU Jialong
Subjects: Geosciences >> Geography

Crop residue is a major source of soil organic matter; therefore, application of crop straw to soil contributes to the sustainable development of organic agriculture. To better understand the transformation of crop straw in orchard soils, we investigated the relationship between the characteristics of straw decomposition and functional diversity of associated microbial communities in a long-term peach orchard, China. Mesh bags, each containing 30 g of corn or bean straw, were buried at a soil depth of 20 cm in a 12-year-old peach orchard for 360 d (October 2011–October 2012). Three treatments were applied, i.e., fresh corn straw, fresh corn straw with nitrogen fertilizer (urea, 10.34 g/kg), and fresh bean straw. Changes in straw residual rate, straw water content and soil conditions were monitored after treatment. The functional diversity of straw-associated microbial communities was analyzed by the Biolog-Eco microplate assay. During the decomposition process, straw residual rates did not vary considerably from 10 d (30.4%–45.4%) to 360 d (19.0%–30.3%). Irrespective of nitrogen addition, corn straw decomposed faster than bean straw. Corn straw with nitrogen fertilizer yielded the highest average well color development (AWCD) values (1.11–1.67), followed by corn straw (1.14–1.68) and bean straw (1.18–1.62). Although the AWCD values did not differ significantly among the three treatments, substantial differences occurred across various time periods of the decomposition process (P<0.01). In terms of carbon source utilization, the dominant microbial groups fed mainly on saccharides. Hard-to-decompose substances gradually accumulated in the middle and late stages of straw decomposition. Of the six categories of carbon sources tested, the utilization rate of aromatics was the lowest with corn straw, whereas that of polymers was the lowest with bean straw. Among different treatments, straw residual rate was negatively correlated to soil available phosphorous, soil available potassium and soil temperature (P<0.05), but not to soil water content. In some cases (corn straw with or without nitrogen fertilizer), straw residual rate was negatively correlated to straw water content, amino acid utilization and carboxylic acid utilization, and positively correlated with microbial species richness and evenness (P<0.05). Microbial community associated with corn and bean straw decomposition in soil was respectively dominated by aromatic- and polymer-metabolizing groups during the middle and late stages of this process, which could reduce the stability of microbial community structure and decrease the rate of straw decomposition in the fruit tree orchard.

submitted time 2021-02-10 From cooperative journals:《Journal of Arid Land》 Hits872Downloads465 Comment 0

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