Environmental Management

, Volume 51, Issue 1, pp 138–153 | Cite as

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

  • Yaning Chen
  • Changchun Xu
  • Yapeng Chen
  • Yongbo Liu
  • Weihong Li


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.


Eco-hydrology Water resources management Tarim River 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yaning Chen
    • 1
  • Changchun Xu
    • 2
  • Yapeng Chen
    • 1
  • Yongbo Liu
    • 3
  • Weihong Li
    • 1
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Desert and Oasis Ecology, Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography Chinese Academy of SciencesUrumqiChina
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Oasis Ecology, School of Resources and Environmental ScienceXinjiang UniversityUrumqiChina
  3. 3.Department of GeographyUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada

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