Studies on Arid Lands

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

  • 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 date: 2009-02-27

  Revised date: 2009-10-22

  Online 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.

Cite this article

JIANG Xiaohui, LIU Changming . The influence of water regulation on vegetation in the lower Heihe River[J]. Journal of Geographical Sciences, 2010 , 20(5) : 701 -711 . DOI: 10.1007/s11442-010-0805-6


[1] Cao Wenbing, Wan Li, Zhou Xun, et al., 2004. Effects of variation in water environment on ecosystem in the lower reaches of the Heihe watershed. Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology, (5): 21–25. (in Chinese)

[2] Feng Qi, Chenf Guodong, Tang Zhigang, 1998. Study on relationship of vegetation growth and groundwater level in Ejina oasis. Journal of Desert Research, 18(1): 107–109. (in Chinese)

[3] Luo Geping, Zhou Chenghu, Chen Xi, 2003. Process of land use/land cover change in the oasis of arid region. Acta Geographica Sinica, 58(1): 63–72. (in Chinese)

[4] Si Jianhua, Feng Qi, Zhang Xiaoyou et al., 2005. Vegetation changes in the lower reaches of the Heihe River after its water import. Acta Botanica Boreali-occidentalia Sinica, 25(4): 631–640. (in Chinese)

[5] Tang Deshan, Jiang Xiaohui, 2009. Post-estimate of the Effect on the Lower Heihe River of Governance and Water Diversion. Chinese Water Conservancy and Hydro-power Press. (in Chinese)

[6] Wang Genxu, Chen Guodong, 1998. Changes of hydrology and environment during late 50 years in Heihe River. Journal of Desert Research, 18(3): 233–238. (in Chinese)

[7] Wang Liming, Zhang Chouliang, Yin Jiyan, 2003. Study on the growth pattern and bio-productivity of the Populus Euphratica forest stand in Ejina. Journal of Arid Land Resources and Environment, 17(2): 94–99. (in Chinese)

[8] Yang Denghua, Wang Hao, Qin Darong et al., 2005. The ecological evolution driven by water in the lower reaches of Heihe Basin. China Environmental Science, 25(1): 37–41. (in Chinese)

[9] Yang Guoxian, He Hongmou, Yang Lifeng, 2003. Groundwater circulation law and its ecological impact on the lower reaches of Heihe River. Water Resources and Hydropower Engineering, 34(2): 27–29. (in Chinese)

[10] Zhang Wuwen, Shi Shengsheng, 2004. Study on the relation between groundwater dynamics and vegetation in Ejina oasis. Journal of Glaciology and Geocryology, 24(4): 421–425. (in Chinese)

[11] Zhang Xiaoyou, Xiao Honglang, Li Xiaoyan, 2002. Environmental chances of Ejina region in the lower reaches of Heihe River. Advances in Earth Science, 17(4): 491–496. (in Chinese)

[12] Zhong Huapin, Liu Heng, Wang Yi et al., 2002. Relationship between Ejina oasis and water resources in the lower Heihe River Basin. Advances in Water Science, 13(2): 223–228. (in Chinese)