Does Vegetation Restoration Change Regional Ecohydrological Condition at the Loess Plateau in China?

  •  Xiongwen Chen    
  •  Jianzhi Niu    


The Loess Plateau is a severely eroded and very venerable area in the northwestern China. Large scale vegetation restoration has been conducted in this region during the recent decades, its effect on the regional ecohydrology is under concern. In this study, long term satellite and derived data were used to analyze regional hydrological condition at the major part of the Loess Plateau (35°-37°N and 105°-110° E). The results indicate that there was an increase in the regional normalized difference vegetation index, evapotranspiration, rainfall intensity, soil water storage (surface 1m layer) and runoff. It was also observed that the total annual precipitation did not change significantly.The possible mechanisms may be related to the complicated processes of vegetation on ecohydrology. Our results and approach may be useful to evaluate the benefits of ecological restoration and further vegetation restoration at the Loess Plateau and other regions.

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  • ISSN(Print): 1927-0488
  • ISSN(Online): 1927-0496
  • Started: 2011
  • Frequency: semiannual

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