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Deserts and Desertification

Yajuan Zhu

Chinese Academy of Forestry

Dr. Zhu holds a Ph.D. in Ecology and is currently an Associate Research Professor at the Chinese Academy of Forestry at the Institute of Desertification Studies, she has led a number of national projects while working there.


Qinghong Luo

Xinjiang Academy of Forestry

Dr. Luo holds a Ph.D. in Physical Geography and is currently a Research Professor at the Institute of Afforestation and Sand Control, Xinjiang Academy of Forestry. She is a holder of several technological patents in her area of research.

Yuguo Liu

Chinese Academy of Forestry

Dr. Liu holds a Ph.D. in Ecology and is currently an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Desertification Studies, Chinese Academy of Forestry. He has published several international works that have been recognized.


Water Cycle Water Use Strategy Vegetation Dynamics Plant Community Precipitation Carbon Emission Soil Respiration Autotrophic Respiration Algae Crust Wind Temperature Vegetation Stability

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Desert is one of the main terrestrial ecosystems, especially in arid and semiarid regions. Water is the key factor for plant growth and vegetation dynamics in deserts. Vegetation dynamic and land cover may be affected by precipitation, temperature and human activity. Carbon source or sink of desert vegetation and soil concerns global climate change and vice versa. Desertification is the most urgent environmental issue for humans at present. Soil biological crust could help to fix moving sand dune and improve soil quality, thus creating better habitat for vegetation, especially algae crust. After the establishment of shelterbelt between oasis and desert, the microclimate could be improved by decreasing wind speed and air temperature, increasing relative humidity and defending sand storms. Moreover, plantation would enhance plant biodiversity and improve soil property in desertification control, including salinization and rocky desertification.

In this book, we integrate water, soil, climate and plant together in deserts and give theoretical support for land desertification control.

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Yajuan Zhu

Chinese Academy of Forestry

Dr. Yajuan Zhu obtained her Bachelor's degree in Agriculture from Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University in 2002 and PhD in Ecology from Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2007. She was a postdoctoral fellow working on the topic of land desertification control in the Research Institute of Forestry, Chinese Academy of Forestry, followed by her appointment as an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Desertification Studies, Chinese Academy of Forestry and currently she is an Associate Research Professor at the same institute. She is a Master's supervisor with interests in plant ecology in deserts, biodiversity, stable isotope ecology, isohydrology and desertification control.

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