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Forests 2016, 7(10), 236; doi:10.3390/f7100236

The Dynamic Trend of Soil Water Content in Artificial Forests on the Loess Plateau, China

Forestry Ecological Engineering Research Center, School of Soil and Water Conservation, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing 100083, China
Key Laboratory of Tourism and Resources Environment in Colleges and Universities of Shandong Province, Taishan University, Taian 271000, China
College of Life Science, Yan’an University, Yan’an 716000, China
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Academic Editors: Philip J. Polglase and Timothy A. Martin
Received: 27 July 2016 / Revised: 3 October 2016 / Accepted: 5 October 2016 / Published: 14 October 2016
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Extensive vegetation restoration projects have been widely implemented on the Loess Plateau, China, since 1998. In addition, increasing attention has been paid to the influence of revegetation on soil water. However, the response of the soil water content (SWC) to vegetation construction and management has not been adequately studied. In this study, three types of typical artificial vegetation on level bench land were selected, including Pinus tabulaeformis Carr., Prunus sibirica L., and Hippophae rhamnoides Linn., with the natural grassland used as a control group in Wuqi County. The 0–160 cm SWC was monitored biweekly from August 2010 to June 2013 using a portable time domain reflectometry system. The serial autocorrelation test, Mann–Kendall trend test, and prewhitening Mann–Kendall test were employed to systematically analyze the trends in soil water dynamics. The results show that the SWC of the three selected artificial forests/shrub had a significant accumulation process in the 0–160 cm profile during the monitoring period, whereas such an increasing tendency was not observed for natural grassland. Furthermore, the greatest responses were observed in the Pinus tabulaeformis Carr. plantation. View Full-Text
Keywords: soil water; artificial forests; revegetation; Mann-Kendall test; Loess Plateau; China soil water; artificial forests; revegetation; Mann-Kendall test; Loess Plateau; China

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Wang, Y.; Zhu, Q.-K.; Zhao, W.-J.; Ma, H.; Wang, R.; Ai, N. The Dynamic Trend of Soil Water Content in Artificial Forests on the Loess Plateau, China. Forests 2016, 7, 236.

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