Modelling and managing critical zone relationships between soil, water and ecosystem processes across the Loess Plateau
The project aims to sustain agricultural production while mitigating adverse environmental impacts in the fragile Loess agroecological zone. The main objective is to study the coupled processes and mechanisms between the soil and water processes and ecosystem services across different scales by combining observation and modelling techniques.
The specific objectives
1. To understand the processes of water movement and soil erosion at different spatio-temporal scales through observation and modelling.
2. To investigate the impacts of different vegetation types, including crops, grasses, shrubs and forests on the processes of soil and water and to predict the consequence of water and soil processes with vegetative cover changes.
3. To find optimal ecosystem services for different vegetation types, supported by local water and soil resources, and to provide recommendations to policy makers at both local and central levels of government on sustainable management of soil, water, and the ecosystems in the Loess Plateau.
The objectives will be delivered through
1. Historic monitoring data and new experiments to construct future ecosystems and land use/covers at the watershed and regional scale in the Loess Plateau.
2. Model development and integration to quantitatively assess the key soil- and water-based ESs and map the spatio-temporal heterogeneity of them
3. Upscaling and decision support to develop spatially explicit simulation and optimization of the soil and water based ecosystem services.
View of the Loess Plateau
- Rothamsted Research
- Lancaster University
- University of Leeds
- Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) Institute of Geographic Sciences & Natural Resource Research
- University of Saskatchewan
- Northwest A & F University
- Beijing Normal University
- Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences
- Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) Institute of Earth Environment