Environmental Geology

, Volume 55, Issue 4, pp 875–887

Temporal–spatial variability of soil fertility in karst region: a case study of Xiaojiang watershed Yunnan

  • Yongjun Jiang
  • Linli Li
  • Yuexia Wu
  • Yanan Jia
  • Daoxian Yuan
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00254-007-1039-5

Cite this article as:
Jiang, Y., Li, L., Wu, Y. et al. Environ Geol (2008) 55: 875. doi:10.1007/s00254-007-1039-5

Abstract

By sampling in the field and analyzing the soil samples in the laboratory in 1982 and 2005 the soil fertility data were obtained. Through application of geo-statistics combined with GIS, the temporal–spatial variability of the pH, organic matter, total nitrogen, total phosphorus and total potassium in soil of Xiaojiang watershed from 1982 to 2005 were analyzed. Results showed that: (1) the pH value and total potassium in soil showed an increasing trend, but the organic matter, total nitrogen and the total phosphorus in soil declined in the past 20 years in Xiaojiang watershed, (2) the parameters fitted by semivariogram models for fertility indices changed significantly in the past 20 years and (3) the result estimated by ordinary Kriging indicated the spatial pattern of the soil fertility indices changed significantly in the past 20 years. The soil pH increased in the east and southeast, but decreased in the middle of the watershed. The organic content of the soil matter decreased in the east, southeast and southwest, but increased in the northeast and middle of the watershed. The total nitrogen content of the soil decreased in the east, but increased in the middle of watershed. The total phosphorus content of the soil decreased in the whole watershed. The total potassium content of the soil increased in the southwest and southeast, but decreased in the middle of the watershed and (4) the change of land use and soil management measures was the main driving force of variability of soil properties.

Keywords

Geo-statistics Soil fertility Temporal–spatial variability Karst watershed 

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© Springer-Verlag 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Yongjun Jiang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Linli Li
    • 1
    • 2
  • Yuexia Wu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Yanan Jia
    • 1
    • 2
  • Daoxian Yuan
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Geographical SciencesSouthwest UniversityChongqingChina
  2. 2.Institute of Karst Environment and Rock Desertification RehabilitationSouthwest UniversityChongqingChina

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