Journal article

Effects of sand burial on dew deposition on moss soil crust in a revegetated area of the Tennger Desert, Northern China

Rong-liang Jia, Xin-rong Li, Li-chao Liu, Yan-xia Pan, Yan-hong Gao, Yong-ping Wei

Journal of Hydrology | ELSEVIER | Published : 2014

Abstract

Sand burial and dew deposition are two fundamental phenomena profoundly influencing biological soil crusts in desert areas. However, little information is available regarding the effects of sand burial on dew deposition on biological soil crusts in desert ecosystems. In this study, we evaluated the effects of sand burial at depths of 0 (control), 0.5, 1, 2 and 4. mm on dew formation and evaporation of three dominant moss crusts in a revegetated area of the Tengger Desert (Northern China) in 2010. The results revealed that sand burial significantly decreased the amount of dew deposited on the three moss crust types by acting as a semi-insulator retarding the dew formation and evaporation rate..

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Grants

Awarded by National Basic Research Program of China


Awarded by National Natural Scientific Foundation of China


Funding Acknowledgements

We thank Prof. Xue-liang Bai and Dr. Dong-ping Zhao for their help with moss species identification. We are indebted to two anonymous reviewers for their helpful and constructive comments and suggestions for improving the manuscript. This work was funded by one of National Basic Research Program of China (2013CB429906) and the National Natural Scientific Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 41001025 and 41371099).