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Control on aeolian sediment dynamics by natural riparian vegetation in the eastern Tarim Basin, NW China


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Betz, Florian ; Halik, Ümüt ; Kuba, Martin ; Aishan, Tayierjiang ; Cyffka, Bernd:
Control on aeolian sediment dynamics by natural riparian vegetation in the eastern Tarim Basin, NW China.
In: Aeolian Research : an international journal on wind erosion research. 18 (2015). - S. 23-34.
ISSN 1875-9637


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The Eastern Tarim basin suffers from sand and dust storms. Drifting sand is a big natural hazard for the road infrastructure and causes high costs for mitigation measures. Natural vegetation is considered having the capability to reduce sand drift and thereby to be an effective protection for the roads, an argument also frequently used for propagating restoration measures at the Tarim River. Nevertheless no quantitative estimation is available up to now even if the research on the interaction of ecology and geomorphology has gained more and more interest in recent years. This study uses the physical principles of drag partition to model the sediment retention by natural vegetation. For an investigation area of about 10 km2 11,656 kg of sediment could be fixed by the plants, sediment which is not available for sand drift hazards on the road running through the area. Furthermore the spatially explicit approach of this study allows the creation of sediment retention maps which can be used for further environmental planning and scientific interpretations of biogeomorphological interactions between the natural riparian vegetation at the Tarim River and aeolian sediment dynamics.

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Schlagwörter:Tarim River, Sand and dust storms, Sand drift hazard, Drag partition, Biogeomorphology, Tugai forests
Institutionen der Universität:Mathematisch-Geographische Fakultät > Geographie > Professur für Angewandte Physische Geographie und KU-Forschungsstelle Aueninstitut Neuburg
DOI / URN / ID:10.1016/j.aeolia.2015.04.005
Open Access: Freie Zugänglichkeit des Volltexts?:Nein
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Titel an der KU entstanden:Ja
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