Science in China Series D: Earth Sciences

, Volume 50, Issue 1, pp 121–129 | Cite as

Study on vegetation ecological water requirement in Ejina Oasis

  • Zhao WenZhi 
  • Chang XueLi 
  • He ZhiBin 
  • Zhang ZhiHui 


The Ecological Water Requirement (EWR) of desert oasis is the amount of water required to maintain a normal growth of vegetation in the special ecosystems. In this study EWR of the Ejina desert oasis is estimated through the relational equation between normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI), productivity and transpiration coefficient, which was established by a combination of the RS, GIS, GPS techniques with the field measurements of productivity. The results show that about 1.53×108 m3 water would be needed to maintain the present state of the Ejina Oasis, and the ecological water requirement would amount to 3.49×108 m3 if the existing vegetation was restored to the highest productivity level at present. Considering the domestic water requirement, river delivery loss, oasis vegetation water consumption, farmland water demand, precipitation recharge, etc., the draw-off discharge of the Heihe River (at Longxin Mount) should be 1.93×108–2.23×108 m3 to maintain the present state of the Ejina Oasis, and 4.28×108–5.17×108 m3 to make the existing vegetation be restored to the highest productivity level at present.


Ejina Oasis NDVI productivity pattern vegetation ecological water requirement 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhao WenZhi 
    • 1
    • 2
  • Chang XueLi 
    • 3
  • He ZhiBin 
    • 1
    • 2
  • Zhang ZhiHui 
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratory of Watershed Hydrology and Ecology, Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research InstituteChinese Academy of SciencesLanzhouChina
  2. 2.Linze Inland River Basin Comprehensive Research StationChinese Ecosystem Research NetworkLanzhouChina
  3. 3.Geography and Resource Management CollegeLudong UniversityYantaiChina

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