Journal cover Journal topic
Biogeosciences An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
Journal topic
Volume 13, issue 16
Biogeosciences, 13, 4735–4750, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-4735-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Biogeosciences, 13, 4735–4750, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-4735-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 23 Aug 2016

Research article | 23 Aug 2016

Moderate topsoil erosion rates constrain the magnitude of the erosion-induced carbon sink and agricultural productivity losses on the Chinese Loess Plateau

Jianlin Zhao et al.
Related authors  
Evaluating the effects of soil erosion and productivity decline on soil carbon dynamics using a model-based approach
Samuel Bouchoms, Zhengang Wang, Veerle Vanacker, and Kristof Van Oost
SOIL, 5, 367–382, https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-5-367-2019,https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-5-367-2019, 2019
Short summary
A multi-isotope model for simulating soil organic carbon cycling on an eroding landscape (WATEM_C v1.0)
Zhengang Wang and Kristof Van Oost
Geosci. Model Dev. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-2019-217,https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-2019-217, 2019
Manuscript under review for GMD
Short summary
Spatio-temporal dynamics of sediment transfer systems in landslide-prone Alpine catchments
François Clapuyt, Veerle Vanacker, Marcus Christl, Kristof Van Oost, and Fritz Schlunegger
Solid Earth, 10, 1489–1503, https://doi.org/10.5194/se-10-1489-2019,https://doi.org/10.5194/se-10-1489-2019, 2019
Short summary
Evaluating the potential of post-processing kinematic (PPK) georeferencing for UAV-based structure- from-motion (SfM) photogrammetry and surface change detection
He Zhang, Emilien Aldana-Jague, François Clapuyt, Florian Wilken, Veerle Vanacker, and Kristof Van Oost
Earth Surf. Dynam., 7, 807–827, https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-7-807-2019,https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-7-807-2019, 2019
Short summary
Global soil organic carbon removal by water erosion under climate change and land use change during AD 1850–2005
Victoria Naipal, Philippe Ciais, Yilong Wang, Ronny Lauerwald, Bertrand Guenet, and Kristof Van Oost
Biogeosciences, 15, 4459–4480, https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-4459-2018,https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-4459-2018, 2018
Short summary
Related subject area  
Biogeochemistry: Sediment
Benthic alkalinity and dissolved inorganic carbon fluxes in the Rhône River prodelta generated by decoupled aerobic and anaerobic processes
Jens Rassmann, Eryn M. Eitel, Bruno Lansard, Cécile Cathalot, Christophe Brandily, Martial Taillefert, and Christophe Rabouille
Biogeosciences, 17, 13–33, https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-13-2020,https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-13-2020, 2020
Short summary
Small-scale heterogeneity of trace metals including rare earth elements and yttrium in deep-sea sediments and porewaters of the Peru Basin, southeastern equatorial Pacific
Sophie A. L. Paul, Matthias Haeckel, Michael Bau, Rajina Bajracharya, and Andrea Koschinsky
Biogeosciences, 16, 4829–4849, https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-16-4829-2019,https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-16-4829-2019, 2019
Short summary
Organic matter contents and degradation in a highly trawled area during fresh particle inputs (Gulf of Castellammare, southwestern Mediterranean)
Sarah Paradis, Antonio Pusceddu, Pere Masqué, Pere Puig, Davide Moccia, Tommaso Russo, and Claudio Lo Iacono
Biogeosciences, 16, 4307–4320, https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-16-4307-2019,https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-16-4307-2019, 2019
Short summary
Identifying the core bacterial microbiome of hydrocarbon degradation and a shift of dominant methanogenesis pathways in the oil and aqueous phases of petroleum reservoirs of different temperatures from China
Zhichao Zhou, Bo Liang, Li-Ying Wang, Jin-Feng Liu, Bo-Zhong Mu, Hojae Shim, and Ji-Dong Gu
Biogeosciences, 16, 4229–4241, https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-16-4229-2019,https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-16-4229-2019, 2019
Short summary
Effects of eutrophication on sedimentary organic carbon cycling in five temperate lakes
Annika Fiskal, Longhui Deng, Anja Michel, Philip Eickenbusch, Xingguo Han, Lorenzo Lagostina, Rong Zhu, Michael Sander, Martin H. Schroth, Stefano M. Bernasconi, Nathalie Dubois, and Mark A. Lever
Biogeosciences, 16, 3725–3746, https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-16-3725-2019,https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-16-3725-2019, 2019
Cited articles  
Bakker, M. M., Govers, G., and Rounsevell, M. D.: The crop productivity–erosion relationship: an analysis based on experimental work, Catena, 57, 55–76, 2004.
Berhe, A. A. and Kleber, M.: Erosion, deposition, and the persistence of soil organic matter: Mechanistic considerations and problems with terminology, Earth Surf. Proc. Land., 38, 908–912, 2013.
Berhe, A. A., Harte, J., Harden, J. W., and Torn, M. S.: The Significance of the Erosion-induced Terrestrial Carbon Sink, Bioscience, 57, 337–346, 2007.
Blanco-Canqui, H. and Lal, R.: Soil and Water Conservation, in Principles of Soil Conservation and Management SE – 1, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 1–19, 2008.
Cai, Q.: Soil erosion and management on the Loess Plateau, J. Geogr. Sci., 11, 53–70, 2001.
Publications Copernicus
Download
Short summary
We used a novel approach to reassess erosion rates on the CLP. We found that both current average topsoil erosion rates and the maximum magnitude of the erosion-induced carbon sink are overestimated on the CLP. Although average topsoil losses on the CLP are still high, a major increase in agricultural productivity occurred since 1980. Hence, erosion is currently not a direct threat to agricultural productivity on the CLP but the long-term effects of erosion on soil quality remain important.
We used a novel approach to reassess erosion rates on the CLP. We found that both current...
Citation