(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2012)

Document title

Soil organic carbon and its relationship to vegetation communities and soil properties in permafrost areas of the Central Western Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, China

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

WU X. (1 2 3) ; ZHAO L. (1 2 3) ; CHEN M. (4) ; FANG H. (1 2 3) ; YUE G. (1 2 3) ; CHEN J. (3 5) ; PANG Q. (1 2 3) ; WANG Z. (1 2 3) ; DING Y. (2 3) ;
(1) Cryosphere research Station on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou, CHINE
(2) State Key Lab. of Cryospheric Sciences, Lanzhou, CHINE
(3) Cold and Arid Region Environmental and Engineering Research Inst., CAS, Lanzhou, CHINE
(4) Inst. of Soil Science, CAS, Nanjing, CHINE
(5) State Key Lab. of Frozen Soil Engineering, Lanzhou, CHINE


Soil organic carbon (SOC) contents were examined beneath two grassland vegetation communities and cold desert sites in permafrost areas of the central western part of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. More than 80 per cent of SOC stocks beneath the grasslands were in the top 100 cm. Correlation analyses showed that SOC stocks in the top 150 cm are linked to soil moisture content, and the vertical distribution of SOC is mainly affected by depth and soil moisture content. Moisture content and vegetation communities are therefore important factors associated with SOC content in this cold, arid area, while active-layer thickness, vegetation cover and topographical factors play non-significant roles in SOC distribution


Article of periodic

published at : Permafrost and periglacial processes / ISSN 1045-6740 / CODEN PEPPED

Editor : Wiley, Chichester - ROYAUME-UNI (1990)

Millesime : 2012, vol. 23, no2 [pp. 162-169]

Bibliographic references : 29 ref.

Collation : 2 fig., 4 tabl.



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