Next Article in Journal
Beyond Fuel Treatment Effectiveness: Characterizing Interactions between Fire and Treatments in the US
Previous Article in Journal
Three-Year Study on Diurnal and Seasonal CO2 Sequestration of a Young Fraxinus griffithii Plantation in Southern Taiwan
Article Menu
Issue 10 (October) cover image

Export Article

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

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

1
Forestry Ecological Engineering Research Center, School of Soil and Water Conservation, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing 100083, China
2
Key Laboratory of Tourism and Resources Environment in Colleges and Universities of Shandong Province, Taishan University, Taian 271000, China
3
College of Life Science, Yan’an University, Yan’an 716000, China
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
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
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [5331 KB, uploaded 14 October 2016]   |  

Abstract

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
Figures

Figure 1

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

Scifeed alert for new publications

Never miss any articles matching your research from any publisher
  • Get alerts for new papers matching your research
  • Find out the new papers from selected authors
  • Updated daily for 49'000+ journals and 6000+ publishers
  • Define your Scifeed now

SciFeed Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

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.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Forests EISSN 1999-4907 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top