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Comprehensive Assessment Indicator of Ecosystem Resilience in Central Asia

by 1,2,3, 2,3,*, 2,3, 2,3 and 1,2,3
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College of Life Sciences, Xinjiang Normal University, Urumqi 830054, China
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State Key Laboratory of Desert and Oasis Ecology, Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Urumqi 830011, China
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Akesu National Station of Observation and Research for Oasis Agro-ecosystem, Akesu 843017, China
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Water 2021, 13(2), 124; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13020124
Received: 24 November 2020 / Revised: 29 December 2020 / Accepted: 30 December 2020 / Published: 7 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Emerging Trends in Freshwater Ecology and Ecosystem Management)
The ecosystems in the arid inland areas of Central Asia are fragile and severely degraded. Understanding and assessing ecosystem resilience is a challenge facing ecosystems. Based on the net primary productivity (NPP) data estimated by the CASA model, this study conducted a quantitative analysis of the ecosystem’s resilience and comprehensively reflected its resilience from multiple dimensions. Furthermore, a comprehensive resilience index was constructed. The result showed that plain oasis’s ecosystem resilience is the highest, followed by deserts and mountainous areas. From the perspective of vegetation types, the highest resilience is artificial vegetation and the lowest is forest. In warm deserts, the resilience is higher in shrubs and meadows and lower in grassland vegetation. High coverage and biomass are not the same as the strong adaptability of the ecosystem. Moderate and slightly inelastic areas mainly dominate the ecosystem resilience of the study area. The new method is easy to use. The evaluation result is reliable. It can quantitatively analyze the resilience latitude and recovery rate, a beneficial improvement to the current ecosystem resilience evaluation. View Full-Text
Keywords: Latitude of resilience; recovery rate; resistance; primary productivity; vegetation coverage Latitude of resilience; recovery rate; resistance; primary productivity; vegetation coverage
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Fan, X.; Hao, X.; Hao, H.; Zhang, J.; Li, Y. Comprehensive Assessment Indicator of Ecosystem Resilience in Central Asia. Water 2021, 13, 124. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13020124

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Fan, Xue; Hao, Xingming; Hao, Haichao; Zhang, Jingjing; Li, Yuanhang. 2021. "Comprehensive Assessment Indicator of Ecosystem Resilience in Central Asia" Water 13, no. 2: 124. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13020124

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