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|Title:||Spatial and Temporal Variation of Soil Salinity During Dry and Wet Seasons in the Southern Coastal Area of Laizhou Bay, China|
|Keywords:||Dry and wet seasons;Geostatistics;Laizhou Bay;Soil salinity;Spatial variability|
|Abstract:||The southern coastal area of Laizhou Bay is subjected to severe soil salinization due to saline groundwater. The degree of spatial variability is strongly affected by seasonal changes during an annual cycle. In this paper, the spatio-temporal variability of soil salinity in Laizhou Bay, China, was examined to ascertain the current situation of soil salinization in the study area and to reveal the characteristics of seasonal variation of soil salinity. The classical statistical methods and geostatistical methods were applied to soil salinity data collected from four soil layers, i.e., 0-30, 30-60, 60-90, and 0-100 cm, during summer and autumn in 2014. The results indicated that the variation of soil salinity of all the soil layers in summer and autumn was moderate. The soil salinity in the 0-30 cm layer showed a moderate spatial autocorrelation, whereas the spatial autocorrelations of soil salinity in other layers were strong. The overall spatial distribution of soil salinity showed a clear banding distribution and the degree of salinization in the eastern area was lower than that in the western and northern regions.A high ratio of evaporation/precipitation is one of the important reasons for the soil salinity in July is significantly higher than that in November. The rank of soil salinity under different land-use types was: salt pan > orchard > weeds > soybean > woods > cotton > maize > ginger > sweet potato. The research findings can provide theoretical guidance for accurate assessment and soil partition management of regional soil salinization.|
|ISSN:||0975-1033 (Online); 0379-5136 (Print)|
|Appears in Collections:||IJMS Vol.49(02) [February 2020]|
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