(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2013)

Document title

Soil erosion and its response to the changes of precipitation and vegetation cover on the Loess Plateau

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

SUN W. (1 2) ; SHAO Q. (1) ; LIU J. (1) ;
(1) Inst. of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Beijing, CHINE
(2) Univ. of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, CHINE


The vegetation restoration named Grain-to-Green Program has now been operating for more than 10 years on the Loess Plateau. It is therefore necessary to assess the variation of soil erosion and the response of precipitation and vegetation restoration to soil erosion in this region. The Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE) was applied to evaluate annual soil loss caused by water erosion. The results are presented. Benefited from the improved vegetation cover and ecological construction, the soil erosion on the Loess Plateau was significantly declined, especially in the east of Yulin, most parts of Yan’an prefectures in Shaanxi Province, and the west of Luliang and Linfen prefectures in Shanxi Province in the hilly and gully regions. The variation of vegetation cover responding to soil erosion in these areas showed the relatively higher contribution than the precipitation. However, most areas in Qingyang and Dingxi prefectures in Gansu Province and Guyuan in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region were predominantly related to precipitation


Article of periodic

published at : Journal of geographical sciences. Acta geographica sinica / ISSN 1009-637X

Editor : CHINE

Millesime : 2013, vol. 23, no6 [pp. 1091-1106]

Bibliographic references : 59 ref.

Collation : 9 fig., 1 tabl.



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