Environmental Earth Sciences

, Volume 59, Issue 6, pp 1337–1347 | Cite as

Comparison of net primary productivity in karst and non-karst areas: a case study in Guizhou Province, China

  • Bing Wang
  • Shengtian YangEmail author
  • Changwei Lü
  • Jing Zhang
  • Yujuan Wang
Original Article


Green plants play an important role in energy flows and material cycles. The net primary productivity (NPP) reflects the capability of vegetation to convert solar energy into photosynthate (fixed carbon). Understanding the factors that contribute to variations in NPP is of key importance for improving the rock-desertification environment in karst areas. In this paper, the NPP model (Light Use Efficiency model) is modified on the basis of remote sensing data [moderate resolution imaging spectroradiometer (MODIS)], climate data and observed information. Then the model is employed to estimate the spatial–temporal variations of NPP in the Guizhou Province, China. Finally, the NPP differences between karst area and non-karst area, and the relationships between NPP and climate factors are analyzed. The results show that the NPP estimated using MODIS data are reasonable. The mean NPP of territorial vegetation is 421.46 gC m−2 year−1; the NPP in the non-karst area is 13.3% higher than that in the karst area; the correlation degree between NPP and precipitation is better in southeastern and western districts.


Net primary productivity Karst area MODIS Guizhou Province 



This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 40671123), National Basic Research Program of China (973) (2005CB422207), the 111 Project (NO.B06004) and Program for “Changjiang Scholars and Innovative Research Team in University” and was undertaken jointly by the Peking University and Beijing Normal University.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bing Wang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Shengtian Yang
    • 2
    Email author
  • Changwei Lü
    • 3
  • Jing Zhang
    • 2
  • Yujuan Wang
    • 2
  1. 1.Forestry CollegeInner Mongolia Agricultural UniversityHohhotChina
  2. 2.School of GeographyBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingChina
  3. 3.Department of Ecology and Environmental ScienceInner Mongolia UniversityHohhotChina

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