(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2011)

Document title

The impact of vegetation and soil on runoff regulation in headwater streams on the east Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, China

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

ZHANG W. (1 2) ; AN S. (1) ; XU Z. (1) ; CUI J. (1) ; XU Q. (3) ;
(1) Lab. Forest Ecology and Global Changes, School of Life Science, Univ., Nanjing, CHINE
(2) Northeast Inst. of Geography and Agroecology, CAS, Changchun, CHINE
(3) The Institut of Forest Ecology, Environment and Protection, the Chinese Academy of Forestry, Beijing, CHINE


The aim of this paper is to evaluate the capacity of different vegetation communities to regulate surface runoff in an alpine landscape. The AA. collected water samples for stable hydrogen and oxygen isotopic analyses from precipitation, throughfall, soils, streams, and rivers and compared their isotopic signatures. Results indicated that different vegetation types had different capacities for water conservation. Forested vegetation types were best able to regulate surface runoff. Land use changes have dramatically affected water conservation in the study area in the past several decades; if forested land cover existed at the levels present in 1986 or 1974, the ability of the watershed to intercept surface runoff would increase by about 7% and 3%, respectively, over its capacity in 2000


Article of periodic

published at : Catena / ISSN 0341-8162

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

Millesime : 2011, vol. 87, no2 [pp. 182-189]

Bibliographic references : 1 p.

Collation : 6 fig., 4 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16767

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