›› 2014, Vol. 24 ›› Issue (5): 943-960.doi: 10.1007/s11442-014-1130-2

• Review Articles • Previous Articles    

Soil salinization research in China:Advances and prospects

LI Jianguo1, PU Lijie1,2, HAN Mingfang1, ZHU Ming1, ZHANG Runsen1, XIANG Yangzhou3   

  1. 1. School of Geographic and Oceanographic Sciences, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210023, China;
    2. Key Laboratory of Coastal Zone Exploitation and Protection, Ministry of Land and Resources, Nanjing 210023, China;
    3. Guizhou Institute of Forest Inventory and Planning, Guiyang 550003, China
  • Received:2014-02-19 Revised:2014-03-10 Online:2014-10-15 Published:2014-08-06
  • Contact: Pu Lijie (1965-), PhD and Professor, E-mail:ljpu@nju.edu.cn E-mail:ljpu@nju.edu.cn
  • About author:Li Jianguo (1986-), PhD Candidate, specialized in the study of land use and planning. E-mail:lijianguo531@126.com
  • Supported by:

    National Natural Science Foundation, No.40871255;The Scientific Research Foundation of Graduate School of Nanjing University, No.2012CL14


With the environmental deterioration caused by the advance of climate change, soil salinization is a serious and growing global problem. Currently about 7% of the world's land surface is threatened by salinization. China is a country whose soils are severely affected by this problem, which, due to its extensive area, and wide distribution poses a serious threat to regional agricultural development. In this review, we summarize the framework for soil salinization research in China over the past 70 years, assess the weaknesses of existing research in both a domestic and international context, highlight the trends and key findings of global research about saline soils over the past 30 years, and propose six major fields and directions for future research on saline soil.

Key words: saline soil, research framework, advances, prospects