Agriculture intensifies soil moisture decline in Northern China

Y. Liu, Z. Pan, Q. Zhuang, D. Gonzalez Miralles, A.J. Teuling, T. Zhang, P. An, Z. Dong, J. Zhang, D. He, L. Wang, X. Pan, W. Bai, D. Niyogi

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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 < 0.01), with a trend of -0.011 to -0.015 m
Original languageEnglish
Article number11261
JournalScientific Reports
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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