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Spatial and Temporal Variation of Wind Erosion Climatic Erosivity and Its Response to ENSO in the Otindag Desert, China

by Junpeng Lou 1,2, Xunming Wang 2,* and Diwen Cai 2
Department of Hydraulic Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 10084, China
Key Laboratory of Water Cycle and Related Land Surface Processes, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
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Atmosphere 2019, 10(10), 614;
Received: 14 August 2019 / Revised: 24 September 2019 / Accepted: 8 October 2019 / Published: 10 October 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Climatology and Meteorology)
Wind erosion is a major cause of soil losses in China’s drylands which is further stimulated by climate variability and fragile ecological conditions. Climatic erosivity is an important index of wind erosion, therefore, evaluation of its spatiotemporal variations and relationship with the El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) will provide a theoretical basis for the comprehensive management and prevention of soil erosion. In this study, by using the climatic erosivity equation, geographic information system (GIS) and geostatistical analysis, we quantified the climatic erosivity, explored its spatiotemporal variations, and detected the effects of the Multivariate ENSO Index (MEI) on climatic erosivity in the Otindag Desert during the period of 1980–2016. The results indicated that the climatic erosivity (C-factor value) ranged from 82–445, and it decreased from the western margin to the eastern margin of the desert. The climatic erosivity showed a significant downward trend at seasonal and annual scales (p < 0.05). As far as spring, autumn and annual climatic erosivity, the whole region showed a downward trend, however, the summer and winter climatic erosivity varied spatially, in which the central and western regions showed a downward trend, but the eastern region showed an upward trend. The results showed that the average climatic erosivity is weaker during La Niña events than during El Niño events. The climatic erosivity recorded by 14 of the 20 meteorological stations, all located in central and west regions, exhibited a significant correlation with MEI (p < 0.05). The ENSO has a significant impact on climatic erosivity. View Full-Text
Keywords: wind erosion; climatic erosivity; spatiotemporal variations; MEI wind erosion; climatic erosivity; spatiotemporal variations; MEI
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Lou, J.; Wang, X.; Cai, D. Spatial and Temporal Variation of Wind Erosion Climatic Erosivity and Its Response to ENSO in the Otindag Desert, China. Atmosphere 2019, 10, 614.

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