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Spatial Distribution of Stony Desertification and Key Influencing Factors in Different Sampling Scales in Small Karst Watersheds

Version 1 : Received: 26 January 2018 / Approved: 30 January 2018 / Online: 30 January 2018 (13:19:46 CET)

How to cite: Zhang, Z.; Zhou, Y.; Wang, S.; Huang, X. Spatial Distribution of Stony Desertification and Key Influencing Factors in Different Sampling Scales in Small Karst Watersheds. Preprints 2018, 2018010284 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201801.0284.v1). Zhang, Z.; Zhou, Y.; Wang, S.; Huang, X. Spatial Distribution of Stony Desertification and Key Influencing Factors in Different Sampling Scales in Small Karst Watersheds. Preprints 2018, 2018010284 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201801.0284.v1).

Abstract

In this paper, the spatial distribution of stony desertification characteristics and its influencing factors in Karst areas in different sampling scales are studied using a grid sampling method based on geographic information system (GIS) technology and geo-statistics, with the rock bareness rate obtained through sampling with 150m × 150m grids in the Houzhai River Basin being taken as the original data and five grid scales (300m × 300m, 450m × 450m, 600m × 600m, 750m × 750m, and 900m × 900m) as the subsample sets. The results show that the rock bareness rate does not vary much from one sampling scale to another while average values of the five sub-samples all fluctuate around the average value of the entire set. As the sampling scale is expanding, the maximum value and the average value of rock bareness rate are decreasing gradually, with a gradual increase in the coefficient of variability. In the scale of 150m × 150m, the areas of minor stony desertification, medium stony desertification, and major stony desertification in the Houzhai River Basin are 7.81 km2, 4.50 km2, and 1.87 km2, respectively. The spatial variability of stony desertification on small scales is influenced by many factors, and that on medium scales is jointly influenced by gradient, rock contents, and rock bareness rate. On large scales, the spatial variability of stony desertification is mainly influenced by soil thickness and rock bareness rate.

Subject Areas

different sampling scales; spatial distribution; stony desertification characteristics; Karst; small watershed

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