Agriculture intensifies soil moisture decline in Northern China

A.J. Teuling, Yaling Liu, Zhihua Pan, Qianlai Zhuang, Diego Miralles, Tonglin Zhang, Pingli An, Zhiqiang Dong, Jingting Zhang, Di He, Liwei Wang, Xuebiao Pan, Wei Bai, D. Niyogi

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Abstract

Northern China is one of the most densely populated regions in the world. Agricultural activities have intensified since the 1980s to provide food security to the country. However, this intensification has likely contributed to an increasing scarcity in water resources, which may in turn be endangering food security. Based on in-situ measurements of soil moisture collected in agricultural plots during 1983–2012, we find that topsoil (0–50¿cm) volumetric water content during the growing season has declined significantly (p¿
Original languageEnglish
Article number11261
Number of pages9
JournalScientific Reports
Volume5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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