Journal of Mountain Science

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 92–99 | Cite as

Soil erosion changes over the past five decades in the red soil region of Southern China

  • Yin Liang
  • Decheng LiEmail author
  • Xixi Lu
  • Xuan Yang
  • Xianzhang Pan
  • Huan Mu
  • Deming Shi
  • Bin Zhang


This paper reports the dynamic changes of soil and water loss in the red soil region of Southern China since the 1950s. The red soil region covers eight provinces: Jiangxi, Zhejiang, Fujian, Anhui, Hubei, Hunan, Guangdong and Hainan. From the 1950s to 1986, the annual rate of soil erosion increased by 3.4%. From 1986 to 1996 and from 1996 to 2000, the annual rates of soil erosion decreased by 2.0% and 0.32%, respectively. Field surveys showed that from 2000 to 2005, the area of soil and water loss decreased annually by 1.2%. This decrease was a result of large-scale erosion control activities across China. Although the eroded soil has been restored, the restoration process is very slow and full restoration will take a long time. Our report suggests that controlling soil and water loss is a challenging task, and additional measures must be taken to effectively control the soil erosion in the red soil region.


red soil region soil and water loss dynamic change remote sensing field sampling survey 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yin Liang
    • 1
    • 3
  • Decheng Li
    • 1
    Email author
  • Xixi Lu
    • 2
  • Xuan Yang
    • 1
  • Xianzhang Pan
    • 1
  • Huan Mu
    • 1
  • Deming Shi
    • 1
  • Bin Zhang
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Soil ScienceChinese Academy of SciencesNanjingChina
  2. 2.Department of GeographyNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore
  3. 3.Key Laboratory of Soil Environment and Pollution Remediation, Institute of Soil ScienceChinese Academy of SciencesNanjingChina

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