Response to environmental flows in the Lower Tarim River, Xinjiang, China: An ecological interpretation of water-table dynamics

Hou, P., Beeton, R. J. S., Carter, R. W., Dong, X. G. and Li, X. (2007) Response to environmental flows in the Lower Tarim River, Xinjiang, China: An ecological interpretation of water-table dynamics. Journal of Environmental Management, 83 4: 383-391. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2006.07.006


Author Hou, P.
Beeton, R. J. S.
Carter, R. W.
Dong, X. G.
Li, X.
Title Response to environmental flows in the Lower Tarim River, Xinjiang, China: An ecological interpretation of water-table dynamics
Journal name Journal of Environmental Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0301-4797
Publication date 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jenvman.2006.07.006
Volume 83
Issue 4
Start page 383
End page 391
Total pages 9
Place of publication London
Publisher Elsevier Science
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject C1
779902 Land and water management
300803 Natural Resource Management
Abstract increased water-dependent development and utilization have led to significant environmental and hydrological degradation of the Tarim River in western China and its dependent ecosystems. Between the 1950s and 1970s, 350 km of the lower reaches were drained and between 1960 and 1980 the water-table fell from between -2 and -3 m to between -8 and -10 m. Subsequently, riparian ecosystems were seriously degraded. In 2000, the Chinese government launched a program to restore the lower reaches of the river. Four environmental flows of 1034 x 10(6) m(3) were released from 2000 to 2002. This paper interprets and discusses the ecological significance of changes following the releases and identifies the relationship between water-table dynamics and vegetation responses. Short-term objectives for river restoration are proposed with possible monitoring parameters suggested. (C) 2006 Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Keyword Environmental Sciences
Environmental Studies
environmental flow
water-table dynamics
ecological restoration
Tarim River
China
Riparian Vegetation
Health
Quality
Evapotranspiration
Communities
Impacts
Europe
Scale
Q-Index Code C1
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