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Environmental Management

, Volume 51, Issue 1, pp 138-153

Progress, Challenges and Prospects of Eco-Hydrological Studies in the Tarim River Basin of Xinjiang, China

  • Yaning ChenAffiliated withState Key Laboratory of Desert and Oasis Ecology, Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography , Chinese Academy of Sciences Email author 
  • , Changchun XuAffiliated withKey Laboratory of Oasis Ecology, School of Resources and Environmental Science, Xinjiang University
  • , Yapeng ChenAffiliated withState Key Laboratory of Desert and Oasis Ecology, Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography , Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • , Yongbo LiuAffiliated withDepartment of Geography, University of Guelph
  • , Weihong LiAffiliated withState Key Laboratory of Desert and Oasis Ecology, Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography , Chinese Academy of Sciences

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Abstract

Eco-hydrological research in arid inland river basins has been a focus of geologists and ecologists as it is crucial for maintaining the sustainable development of socio-economy, particularly in ecologically vulnerable areas. Based on the research work carried out in the Tarim River basin of Xinjiang, northwestern China, this paper summarizes synthetically the climate change and associated responses of water resources in the mountainous area, land use and land cover in the oasis, and plants responding to environmental stresses in the desert area of the river basin. Research gaps, challenges, and future perspectives in the eco-hydrological studies of the Tarim River basin are also discussed.

Keywords

Eco-hydrology Water resources management Tarim River