(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2011)

Document title

Controls of infiltration-runoff processes in Mediterranean karst rangelands in SE Spain

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

LI X.-Y. (1 2) ; CONTRERAS S. (2 3) ; SOLÉ-BENET A. (2) ; CANTÓN Y. (4) ; DOMINGO F. (2 7) ; LÁZARO R. (2) ; LIN H. (5) ; VAN WESEMAEL B. (6) ; PUIGDEFÁBREGAS J. (2) ;
(1) State Key Lab. of Earth Surface Processes and Resource Ecology, Normal Univ., Beijing, CHINE
(2) Estación Experimental de Zonas Áridas, Consejo Sup. de Investigaciones Científicas, Almería, ESPAGNE
(3) Centro de Edafología y Biología Aplicada del Segura, Consejo Sup. de Investigaciones Científicasde, Murcia, ESPAGNE
(4) Dep. de Edafología y Química Agrícola, Escuela Politécnica Sup., Univ., Almería, ESPAGNE
(5) Dep. of Crop and Soil Sciences, Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, ETATS-UNIS
(6) George Lemaître Centre for Earth and Climate Research, Earth and Life Inst., Univ. Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, BELGIQUE
(7) Dep. de Biología Vegetal y Ecología, Escuela Politécnica Sup., Univ., Almería, ESPAGNE


The aims of this paper are to determine the infiltration rates and their controls in a representative semiarid mountain karst area (Sierra de Gádor, SE Spain) at micro-plots and to investigate the integrated response of rainfall on a typical hillslope. Rainfall simulations in micro-plots and natural rainfall-runoff monitoring on a hillslope were carried out complementarily. The AA. investigated the role of soil surface components (vegetation, rock outcrop, fracture, and soil crust), topographic position, antecedent soil moisture, and rainfall characteristics in regulating infiltration–runoff processes. Results of rainfall simulation revealed the importance of vegetation cover and the presence of rock fractures in promoting the infiltration in the limestone karst landscape, while bare patches and rock outcrops acted as sources for runoff


Article of periodic

published at : Catena / ISSN 0341-8162

Editor : Catena, Cremlingen-Destedt - ALLEMAGNE (1973)

Millesime : 2011, vol. 86, no2 [pp. 98-109]

Bibliographic references : 51 ref.

Collation : 9 fig., 3 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16767

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