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Spatial characteristics of two dominant shrub populations in the transition zone between oasis and desert in the Heihe River Basin, China
Luo, Weicheng1; Zhao, Wenzhi1; He, Zhibin1; Sun, Chengpeng1,2
2018-11-01
Source PublicationCATENA
ISSN0341-8162
Volume170Pages:356-364
Corresponding AuthorZhao, Wenzhi(zhaowzh@lzb.ac.cn)
AbstractChanges in spatial patterns of vegetation and their underlying hydrological mechanisms has significant implications for landscape ecological researches. However, empirical studies which test the relationships between vegetation spatial pattern and hydrology are scarce. Based on an in situ investigation and on geostatistical analysis, we described spatio-temporal changes in population characteristics in two shrub populations in the transition zone between oasis and desert in the Heihe River Basin, northwestern China. Our results showed that the density and cover of two dominant species were significantly greater in 2016 than in 2002. Total species richness also increased with time. N. sphaerocarpa population was distributed in small strips in 2002 and in big strips in 2016. R. soongorica population exhibited uniform distribution in 2002, and big-strip distribution pattern in 2016. The results of a semi-variogram analysis showed that the nugget/sill ratio of the two populations was 0.077 to 0.116 in 2002, and 0.066 to 0.144 in 2016. This indicated that the random variance of spatial heterogeneity occupied 7.7-11.6% of total spatial heterogeneity in 2002, and 6.6-14.4% in 2016. In 2002, the range values (A(0)), respectively for density and cover, were 33.09 and 14.7 m for N. sphaerocarpa, and 24.9 and 25.2 m for R. sphaerocarpa. In 2016, these values increased to 37.2 and 30.3 m for N. sphaerocarpa, and 57.3 and 75 m R. sphaerocarpa. This indicated that the scale of spatial heterogeneity for density and cover of the two dominant species increased from 2002 to 2016. Correlation analysis showed that summer precipitation and soil water content significantly related to total species richness. We concluded that summer precipitation was a key factor which affected population characteristics and spatial patterns. The mechanism driving this was a rise in summer precipitation leading to an increase in soil water content and, eventually, to a change in the spatial patterns of plants.
KeywordTransition zone Population characteristics Spatial pattern Spatial heterogeneity Summer precipitation
DOI10.1016/j.catena.2018.06.020
WOS KeywordSPECIES INTERACTIONS ; WATER AVAILABILITY ; PLANT-COMMUNITIES ; ARID ECOSYSTEMS ; PATTERNS ; VEGETATION ; DIVERSITY ; HETEROGENEITY ; CLIMATE ; IMPACT
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
Funding ProjectNational Natural Science Foundation of China[41471435]
Funding OrganizationNational Natural Science Foundation of China
WOS Research AreaGeology ; Agriculture ; Water Resources
WOS SubjectGeosciences, Multidisciplinary ; Soil Science ; Water Resources
WOS IDWOS:000441681500030
PublisherELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.igsnrr.ac.cn/handle/311030/54440
Collection中国科学院地理科学与资源研究所
Corresponding AuthorZhao, Wenzhi
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Northwest Inst Ecoenvironm & Resources, Chinese Ecosyst Res Network, Linze Inland River Basin Res Stn,Key Lab Ecohydro, Lanzhou 730000, Gansu, Peoples R China
2.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Beijing 100049, Peoples R China
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Luo, Weicheng,Zhao, Wenzhi,He, Zhibin,et al. Spatial characteristics of two dominant shrub populations in the transition zone between oasis and desert in the Heihe River Basin, China[J]. CATENA,2018,170:356-364.
APA Luo, Weicheng,Zhao, Wenzhi,He, Zhibin,&Sun, Chengpeng.(2018).Spatial characteristics of two dominant shrub populations in the transition zone between oasis and desert in the Heihe River Basin, China.CATENA,170,356-364.
MLA Luo, Weicheng,et al."Spatial characteristics of two dominant shrub populations in the transition zone between oasis and desert in the Heihe River Basin, China".CATENA 170(2018):356-364.
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