Journal of Geographical Sciences ›› 2010, Vol. 20 ›› Issue (5): 701-711.doi: 10.1007/s11442-010-0805-6

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The influence of water regulation on vegetation in the lower Heihe River

JIANG Xiaohui1, LIU Changming2,3   

  1. 1. Yellow River Institute of Hydraulic Research, YRCC, Zhengzhou 450003, China;
    2. College of Water Sciences, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China;
    3. Institute of Geographic Science and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
  • Received:2009-02-27 Revised:2009-10-22 Online:2010-10-15 Published:2010-10-15
  • Supported by:

    Key National Water Project funded jointly by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Ministry of Water Resources, No.2008ZX07526-002; Central Nonprofit Research Institutions Basic Scientific Research Special Fund, No.HKY-JBYW-2010-02


Water regulation has been carried out by the Heihe River Bureau since 2000, which aims to address the existing eco-environmental problems in the lower Heihe River. In the past nine years, great changes in spatial-temporal distribution of water resources took place in the lower Heihe River. In order to objectively evaluate the influence of water regulation on the eco-environment, the changes of groundwater table, typical vegetation, landscape types as well as East Juyan Lake have been analyzed in the lower Heihe River, by means of field surveys and remote sensing. These results indicate that there are obvious effects of water regulation on the eco-environment, which has been improved toward sustainability in the lower Heihe River.

Key words: water regulation, ecosystem, groundwater, the lower Heihe River