Ren Zongping1; Zhu Liangjun2; Wang Bing3; Cheng Shengdong3
Source Publicationjournalofaridland
AbstractThe Loess Plateau of China has experienced extensive vegetation restoration in the past several decades, which leads to great changes in soil properties such as soil bulk, porosity, and organic matter with the vegetation restoration age. And these soil properties have great effect on the soil infiltration and soil hydraulic conductivity. However, the potential changes in soil hydraulic conductivity caused by vegetation restoration age have not been well understood. This study was conducted to investigate the changes in soil hydraulic conductivity under five grasslands with different vegetation restoration ages (3, 10, 18, 28 and 37 years) compared to a slope farmland, and further to identify the factors responsible for these changes on the Loess Plateau of China. At each site, accumulative infiltration amount and soil hydraulic conductivity were determined using a disc permeameter with a water supply pressure of -20 mm. Soil properties were measured for analyzing their potential factors influencing soil hydraulic conductivity. The results showed that the soil bulk had no significant changes over the initial 20 years of restoration (P>0.05); the total porosity, capillary porosity and field capacity decreased significantly in the grass land with 28 and 37 restoration ages compared to the slope farmland; accumulative infiltration amount and soil hydraulic conductivity were significantly enhanced after 18 years of vegetation restoration. However, accumulative infiltration amount and soil hydraulic conductivity fluctuated over the initial 10 years of restoration. The increase in soil hydraulic conductivity with vegetation restoration was closely related to the changes in soil texture and structure. Soil sand and clay contents were the most influential factors on soil hydraulic conductivity, followed by bulk density, soil porosity, root density and crust thickness. The Pearson correlation coefficients indicated that the soil hydraulic conductivity was affected by multiply factors. These results are helpful to understand the changes in hydrological and erosion processes response to vegetation succession on the Loess Plateau.
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Ren Zongping,Zhu Liangjun,Wang Bing,et al. soilhydraulicconductivityasaffectedbyvegetationrestorationageontheloessplateauchina[J]. journalofaridland,2016,8(4):546.
APA Ren Zongping,Zhu Liangjun,Wang Bing,&Cheng Shengdong.(2016).soilhydraulicconductivityasaffectedbyvegetationrestorationageontheloessplateauchina.journalofaridland,8(4),546.
MLA Ren Zongping,et al."soilhydraulicconductivityasaffectedbyvegetationrestorationageontheloessplateauchina".journalofaridland 8.4(2016):546.
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