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Rende W.,Institute of Geographical science at Hebei Science College Hebei Engineering Research Center for Geographic Information Application | Zhongling G.,Hebei Normal University | Chunping C.,Hebei Normal University | Dengpan X.,Institute of Geographical science at Hebei Science College Hebei Engineering Research Center for Geographic Information Application | Hongjun J.,Institute of Geographical science at Hebei Science College Hebei Engineering Research Center for Geographic Information Application
Aeolian Research | Year: 2015

The rapid and accurate estimation of soil loss by wind erosion still remains challenge. This study presents an improved scheme for estimating the soil loss by wind erosion of farmland. The method estimates the soil loss by wind erosion based on a comparison of the relative contents of erodible and non-erodible particles between the surface and sub-surface layers of the farmland ploughed layer after wind erosion. It is based on the features that the soil particle-size distribution of the sampling soil layer (approximately 2cm) is relatively uniform, and that on the surface layer, wind erosion causes the relative numbers of erodible and non-erodible particles to decrease and increase, respectively. Estimations were performed using this method for the wind erosion periods (WEP) from Oct. of 2012 to May of 2013 and from Oct. of 2013 to April of 2014 and a large wind-erosion event (WEE) on May 3, 2014 in the Bashang area of Hebei Province. The results showed that the average soil loss of farmland by wind erosion from Oct. of 2012 to May of 2013 was 2852.14g/m2 with an average depth of 0.21cm, while soil loss by wind from Oct. of 2013 to April of 2014 was 1199.17g/m2 with a mean depth of 0.08cm. During the severe WEE on May 3, 2014, the average soil loss of farmland by wind erosion was 1299.19g/m2 with an average depth of 0.10cm. The soil loss by wind erosion of ploughed and raked fields (PRF) was approximately twice as large as that of oat-stubble fields (OSF). The improved method of particle-size distribution comparison (IPSDC) has several advantages. It can not only calculate the wind erosion amount, but also the wind deposition amount. Slight changes in the sampling thickness and in the particle diameter range of the non-erodible particles will not obviously influence the results. Furthermore, the method is convenient, rapid, simple to implement. It is suitable for estimating the soil loss or deposition by wind erosion of farmland with flat surfaces and high contents of non-erodible materials. © 2015. Source

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