Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 1999, Vol. 54 ›› Issue (1): 42-50.doi: 10.11821/xb199901005

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A SIMULATION OF THE DYNAMICS OF SOIL EROSION IN THE LOESS HILLS OF SHAANXI AND SHANXI PROVINCES

Zhang Hanxiong, Shao Mingan   

  1. Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Ministry of Water Resources, Yangling, Shanxi 712100
  • Received:1996-05-23 Revised:1996-07-26 Online:1999-01-15 Published:1999-01-15
  • Supported by:
    Supported by the key project of ecological and environmental research of Chinese Academy of Sciences,KZ951-B1-211

Abstract: Soil erosion in the loess hills of Shaanxi and Shanxi Provinces is extremely serious, caused mainly by unreasonable land use. This study is the first attempt to use system dynamics theory to simulate the changes of land use and soil erosion in a large region. The system dynamic model used in this study contains 35 flow level equations, 70 flow rate equations, 185 subsidiary equations, 45 table functions and 196 parameters. The model consists of six sub models, each interacting with the others. Through the feedback loop they are connected with all variables and parameters. The functioning of the model depends on feedback mechanisms. The model was run on a PC computer with the software of PD (Professional DYNAMO) Plus. The period of simulation is from 1980 to 2040. The results were tested using collected data for 1980~1990. The efficiency of the model is 91 5%. The model was used to simulate the dynamic changes in soil erosion in three different types of land use management programs through 2040: intensified management, traditional management, and steady development management. The simulation results of the three types of programs were analyzed by a comprehensive evaluation method using fuzzy and multi objective targets. The main conclusions of the study are: First, in the loess hills, land use for farming, forestry and animal husbandry changes in a nonlinear dynamic fashion and they affect one another. Thus the adjustment for land use structure should be made gradually to maintain dynamic balance. Different types of land use should be balanced. Second, land use pattern is the key factor affecting soil erosion. Reasonable land use and effective management can reduce erosion to a minimum. Otherwise soil erosion will intensify and the overall land use benefits will decline. Third, the levels of soil erosion in the region vary from slight, moderate to severe, and the rate of erosion is related to land use pattern and the intensity of land use management. There has been an increase in slight and moderate erosion in the recently developed land due to intensified human activities in the contemporary period. Soil erosion can be reduced to a minimum but it can never been stopped completely. Fourth, intensified management is the best approach for a balanced development of farming, forestry and animal husbandry and for sound ecological equilibrium in the region.

Key words: soil erosion processes, loess hills, system dynamics simulation, land use

CLC Number: 

  • S157.1