(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2011)

Document title

Soil moisture variability along transects over a well-developed gully in the Loess Plateau, China

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

GAO X. (1 2 3 4) ; WU P. (1 2 3) ; ZHAO X. (1 2 3) ; SHI Y. (2 3) ; WANG J. (2 3) ; ZHANG B. (2 3) ;
(1) Inst. of Soil and Water Conservation, Chinese Academy of Science, Shaanxi, Yangling, CHINE
(2) Inst. of Water Saving Agriculture in Arid Regions of China, Northwest A & F Univ., Yangling, CHINE
(3) National Engineering Research Center for Water Saving Irrigation, Yangling, CHINE
(4) Graduate Univ. of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, CHINE


The AA. examined soil moisture profiles and their variability along 3 transects traversing sidewalls of a well-developed gully with steep slopes in a hilly area of the Chinese Loess Plateau. Revised fitting functions developed and introduced by Famiglietti et al. (2008) captured with confidence the relationship between spatial variability (SD and CV) and spatial mean of moisture content (RMSE). Soil moisture clearly varied along the transects, the vertical distribution of soil moisture differed in different seasons, and correlation analysis showed that soil texture influenced the variability of surface soil moisture more strongly than terrain attributes (except during distinct rainfall events, when this pattern reversed). The results presented here should improve understanding of spatio-temporal variations in soil moisture profiles in well-developed gullies in the Loess Plateau, and potentially elsewhere


Article of periodic

published at : Catena / ISSN 0341-8162

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

Millesime : 2011, vol. 87, no3 [pp. 357-367]

Bibliographic references : 42 ref.

Collation : 8 fig., 7 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16767

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