Chinese Science Bulletin

, Volume 51, Supplement 1, pp 153–160 | Cite as

Ecological stability of Tarim Desert Highway shelterbelt

  • Zhou Zhibin Email author
  • Xu Xinwen 
  • Lei Jiaqiang 
  • Li Shengyu 


The Tarim Desert Highway shelterbelt, located in hinterland of Taklimakan Desert, is irrigated by underground saline water, with three to thirty gram per litter mineral degrees. The sustainability and stability are affected by multifarious stress. The structural and functional characteristics of shelterbelt are studied to probe into correlation between environment and shelterbelt. On basis, decision analysis is applied to study ecological stability of the Tarim Desert Highway shelterbelt, to screen out limited factors, to establish general index system, and to evaluate the stability of the shelterbelt nowadays. Finally, the concept of ecological stability is utilized to manage the artificial ecosystem. The results show that the artificial ecosystem is relatively flimsy, whose stability can be increased by adjusting stand structure and improving the nutrient cycle.


ecological stability Taklimakan Desert Tarim Desert Highway shelterbelt decision analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhou Zhibin 
    • 1
    Email author
  • Xu Xinwen 
    • 1
  • Lei Jiaqiang 
    • 1
  • Li Shengyu 
    • 1
  1. 1.Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and GeographyChinese Academy of SciencesUrumqiChina

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