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15 March 2024, Volume 41 Issue 3 Previous Issue   
Weather and Climate
Vertical characteristics of raindrop size distribution in a precipitation process in a Three-River Source Region
GUO Shiyu, ZHANG Yuxin, HAN Huibang, ZHOU Wanfu, KANG Xiaoyan, ZHANG Liyan
2024, 41 (3):  353-362.  doi: 10.13866/j.azr.2024.03.01
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Based on data obtained from the Micro Rain Radar (MRR), OTT-PARSIVEL laser raindrop spectrometer, and Rain Gauge (RG) at Zeku Station, the applicability of the MRR in the plateau region was compared and examined for a precipitation weather process on September 17, 2021. The vertical variation characteristics of the MRR observation parameters and raindrop spectrum were investigated at different rain rates. Results show that the observed cumulative rainfall results of the MRR were consistent with those of the raindrop spectrometer and RG, and the MRR 200 m rain rate was highly associated with the raindrop spectrometer inversion value. At various levels of rainfall intensity, differences were found in the vertical distribution of precipitation parameters. Reflectivity, rain rate and liquid water content were affected by evaporation, and they fluctuated from high to low levels in the I stage of rain. The evaporation effect was weakened, and the peak height of each microphysical quantity was lower in the II stage of rain. The increase in particle diameter was due to the intensification of collision and coalescence, and the microphysical quantities increased with the decrease in height in the III stage of rain. Precipitation was dominated by small particles, and the raindrop number concentration contribution of small particles at each height layer was the largest. The contribution rate of 1000-4000 m small particles to the rain rate exceeded 90%, and the contribution rate of medium particles below 1000 m to the rain rate increased with the decrease of height. The contribution rate of large particles to the rain rate in the upper layer was greater than that in the lower layer.

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Simulation of climate characteristics in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau by regional climate models at different horizontal resolutions
WANG Xueying, GU Huanghe, DAI Bin, ZHANG Hanwen, YU Zhongbo
2024, 41 (3):  363-374.  doi: 10.13866/j.azr.2024.03.02
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The Qinghai-Tibet Plateau has a unique climate, complex topography, and few meteorological observation stations, which makes it difficult to observe and simulate its regional climate and water cycle processes. Using the regional climate models RegCM and WRF, the spatial and temporal distribution of the climate in this region from 1989 to 2008 was systematically analyzed, and the simulation capability of the RegCM and WRF models was investigated at 10, 25, and 50 km horizontal resolutions in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Results show that the trend of annual average temperature simulated by both models at 10 km horizontal resolution is 1.60-2.12 ℃ lower than the multiyear average temperature simulation at 25 and 50 km horizontal resolution. With increasing horizontal resolution, the simulation biases of annual and seasonal temperatures simulated by the WRF model decrease, and the cold bias of temperature in the central and western parts of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau improves. The simulated temperature in the RegCM model at a 10 km horizontal resolution has the lowest error, and it is significantly better for simulating the spatial distribution of temperature in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. The correlation between the simulated temperature of both models in different seasons and the observation data has been improved. In the precipitation simulation, the WRF model at a horizontal resolution of 25 km has the best correlation with the observed data but has the largest error. With the increase of horizontal resolution, the overestimation of precipitation in the southeastern and southern Qinghai-Tibet Plateau by the WRF model has been significantly improved, and the annual precipitation simulated by the RegCM model gradually approaches the measured values (the overestimation decreases from about 2.73 times to 1.77 times). However, the overall overestimation of precipitation by both models still exists. In the simulation of the five major river sources on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, with increasing horizontal spatial resolution, the WRF model reduces the biases of the air temperature in the source region of the Mekong river and Salween River, whereas the RegCM model reduces the biases of the air temperature in the source region of the Brahmaputra River and Mekong river. The largest reduction in precipitation bias was achieved in the Brahmaputra River source region at 10 km horizontal resolution by the WRF and RegCM models. This study can lay the foundation for understanding the impact of climate change on the water cycle process in the Qighai-Tibet Plateau.

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Characteristics and pollutant concentrations of persistent cold air pools in Lanzhou from 2013 to 2023
KANG Guoqiang, MA Minjin, CAO Yidan, CHEN Ran
2024, 41 (3):  375-386.  doi: 10.13866/j.azr.2024.03.03
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Persistent cold air pools (PCAPs) in valley cities lead to the prolonged accumulation of air pollutants, thereby affecting the lives and health of residents. In this study, sounding data and daily air quality data from January 2013 to November 2023 were used to calculate and statistically analyze the characteristics of PCAPs occurrences in the Lanzhou Valley. In addition, the impact of PCAPs intensity on changes in pollutant concentrations was explored, and variations in pollutant concentrations during PCAPs were analyzed and compared with concurrent dust aerosol pollution. Results indicate that from 2013 to 2023, 59 PCAPs occurred, lasting cumulative 197 days. During PCAPs, valley heat deficit and PM2.5 concentrations were 4.4 J·m-2 and 52.59 μg·m-3 higher, respectively, compared with non-PCAPs. The air quality index (AQI), SO2 concentration, NO2 concentration, CO concentration, and PM10 concentration increased by 70.37%, 144.3%, 84.3%, 156%, and 73.15%, respectively, whereas O3 concentration decreased by 60.89% during PCAPs. In PCAPs without dust aerosols, the average PM2.5:PM10 ratio was 0.58, whereas in PCAPs with dust aerosols, the average ratio was 0.31. During PCAPs with concurrent dust aerosols, PM2.5 concentration, PM10 concentration, AQI, and O3 concentration increased by 18.33%, 133.03%, 84.44%, and 8.5%, respectively. However, SO2 and CO concentrations decreased by 17.54% and 17.88%, respectively. These findings can serve as a reference for atmospheric pollution prevention and management strategies in the Lanzhou region.

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Characteristics of the spatial and temporal evolution of winter drought in Inner Mongolia over the past 40 years
TAO Jifeng, BAO Yulong, GUO Enliang, Jin Eerdemutu, Husile , BAO Yuhai
2024, 41 (3):  387-398.  doi: 10.13866/j.azr.2024.03.04
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Winter drought is a main factor hindering winter livestock production in Inner Mongolia. Thus, quantitative characterization of its spatiotemporal changes and development patterns is of great significance for disaster prevention and reduction and for ensuring the healthy development of agriculture and animal husbandry. Using ERA5-Land reanalysis meteorological data from the winter of 1980 to 2021 (October to March of the following year), the standardized precipitation evapotranspiration index (SPEI) was calculated at monthly and semi-annual scales. Trend analysis, spatiotemporal hotspot analysis, and other methods were used to analyze the winter drought evolution characteristics of the entire Inner Mongolia region and the five main vegetation types. Results show that in the past 40 years, the overall SPEI in Inner Mongolia has shown an increasing trend in winter, and aridification varies among different vegetation and months, with a few vegetation and months tending toward humidification. The change patterns in Inner Mongolia mainly include three types: oscillating hot spots, oscillating cold spots, and undetected patterns. From a seasonal perspective, hotspots are primarily distributed in most areas of western Inner Mongolia, as well as in Xing’an League and Tongliao City in the east. On a monthly scale, hotspots often appear in the central and western regions of Inner Mongolia. With regard to drought frequency and frequency statistics, mild drought events have the highest frequency, whereas winter drought events occur more frequently and seriously in desert grasslands and neighboring desert areas.

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Characteristics of atmospheric precipitation isotope and path analysis of water vapor transport in the Taxkorgan River Basin Valley
LI Hanwei, YAO Junqiang, RONG Tao, ZHANG Tianyang, GAO Yajie
2024, 41 (3):  399-410.  doi: 10.13866/j.azr.2024.03.05
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By using stable isotope data of atmospheric precipitation from September 2018 to May 2020 in the Taxkorgan River Basin Valley and meteorological data such as temperature, precipitation, and relative humidity from representative weather stations within the valley, this study analyzed the variation in δ18O, δ2H, and deuterium excess (d-excess) of precipitation. The influencing factors were explored, and the water vapor transport pathways of atmospheric precipitation in the valley were traced and analyzed using the hybrid single- particle Lagrangian integrated trajectory model (HYSPLIT). Results show that the δ2H and δ18O values of precipitation generally present a seasonal pattern of enrichment in summer and depletion in winter, showing a significant temperature effect (1.33‰·℃-1), but no significant precipitation effect was observed. The local meteoric water line is δ2H=7.63δ18O-3.55, which shows distinct arid climate characteristics. The HYSPLIT simulation results indicate that the water vapor of precipitation in the study basin is mainly influenced by the westerly circulation and local water vapor recycling, with local water vapor evaporation accounting for 54.09% in the summer half-year and the long-distance transport of the western route accounting for 45.53% in the winter half-year. Water vapor from the Indian Ocean in August can bypass the Tibetan Plateau and reach the study area. These findings can provide a reference basis for water resource management and climate response in the Taxkorgan River Basin Valley.

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Land and Water Resources
Hydrochemical characteristics and genesis of groundwater in the Yimin Basin, Inner Mongolia
WANG Pingshun, MIAO Xinyue, YAN Yaping, DONG Shengwang, DONG Shaogang
2024, 41 (3):  411-420.  doi: 10.13866/j.azr.2024.03.06
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Mining activities have strongly changed the characteristics of the regional hydrological cycle and have a significant impact on the chemical characteristics of groundwater. Revealing the evolutionary characteristics of the groundwater system under the influence of coal mine development can provide theoretical support for ecological environment protection and sustainable development in coal mine areas. In this paper, taking the Yimin Basin in Inner Mongolia as an example, based on hydrogeological investigation combined with the groundwater flow system theory, Piper three-line diagram, Gibbs diagram, ion proportional coefficient, mineral saturation index, and other analysis methods, the characteristics of groundwater chemical changes under the interference of coal mining activities were explored. Results indicate that the overall water environment in the study area is weakly alkaline, and the significant influence and noninfluence zones exceed the detection indexes in different degrees. Coal mining in the basin has accelerated the rate of regional hydrological cycle, causing the water quality in the significant impact zone to evolve toward desalination. The development of open-pit coal mining has opened up the previously closed groundwater system, and a series of water-rock interactions stimulated by the oxidation of sulfur-containing coal and sulfurous iron ore and acid production primarily cause the changes in the chemical characteristics of the regional groundwater. The hydrochemistry of groundwater in the basin is affected by evaporation, concentration and water-rock interactions. Along the flow direction of groundwater, the hydrochemical type in the significantly affected area changes from HCO3-Ca·Na type to HCO3-Ca, and the concentrations of TDS and Cl- show a downward trend. In the nonaffected zone, the hydrochemical type changed from HCO3-Ca·Na to Cl-Ca·Mg, and the concentrations of TDS and Cl- showed an upward trend.

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Characteristics of soil properties and fungal community changes in different microgeomorphic units in an arid gravel desert area
DU Huadong, LIU Yan, BI Yinli, CHE Xuxi, BAI Mengtong
2024, 41 (3):  421-431.  doi: 10.13866/j.azr.2024.03.07
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Exploring the characteristics of soil properties, fungal communities, and their driving factors in different microgeomorphic units in arid gravel desert areas is important for the study of fungal community construction mechanisms and practical guidance for targeted ecological damage restoration strategies. In this paper, the changes in soil physicochemical properties, fungal α diversity, and community composition of four microgeomorphic units (wind erosion residual hills, gravel desert Gobi, river valley, and wind sand land) in an arid gravel desert area were compared. The main factors affecting soil fungal communities in different microgeomorphological units in gravel desert areas were explored by combining plant characteristics and micrometeorological factors. Results showed that the soil in the arid gravel desert area was dominated by sandy soil, and wind sand land had the largest sandy content and the smallest clay content, which was contrary to the soil mechanical composition of the river valley. No significant difference in soil bulk density and organic matter content was found between the river valley and the gravel desert Gobi, but their soil bulk density and organic matter content were significantly higher than those of the other two microgeomorphic units. However, the soluble salt content of the river valley was 21.4%, which was significantly lower than that in other microgeomorphic units, but the soil water content was significantly higher by 39.3%. Except for the contents of available N, available K and available P in the gravel desert Gobi and wind erosion residual hills, no significant difference in the available nutrients was found in other microgeomorphological units. In addition, the α diversity of soil fungi, Shannon-Wiener index, Pieloue index, and Simpson index all showed a significant decrease in wind sand land, whereas no significant difference in other microgeomorphological units was found. However, the Chao1 index has no significant difference. At the phylum level, the dominant fungi phyla were Ascomycota and Basidiomycota in different microgeomorphic units. Ascomycota has the largest dominance in the gravel desert Gobi and wind erosion residual hills, and Basidiomycota has the largest proportion in the river valley. At the genera level, Neocamarosporium and Subramaniu in the Wind erosion residual hill, Preussia and Neocamarosporium in the gravel desert Gobi, Aspergillus and Alternaria in the river valley, and Trichophaeopsis and Neocamarosporium in the wind sand land were the dominant genera of soil fungal communities in each geomorphic unit. Soil water content, organic matter, available N, and soluble salts were the common key factors affecting the changes in soil fungal community structure in different microgeomorphic units in an arid gravel desert area. Furthermore, the soil mechanical composition in wind sand land, surface temperature and light radiation intensity of wind erosion residual hills, surface wind speed of gravel desert Gobi, and surface vegetation biomass of river valley were the differentiated ecological factors affecting soil fungal community in each geomorphic unit.

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Desert vegetation composition and spatial distribution of soil nutrients in the middle section of Hexi Corridor
AN Ning, GUO Bin, ZHANG Dongmei, YANG Qiyue, LUO Weicheng
2024, 41 (3):  432-443.  doi: 10.13866/j.azr.2024.03.08
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Desert vegetation is an important ecological protection barrier for oasis ecosystems in the Hexi Corridor. Studying the composition of desert vegetation and the spatial distribution of soil nutrients is important to the construction and management of desert-oasis transition zone vegetation. This study is based on several field surveys. Traditional statistical and geostatistical methods were used to investigate the composition of desert vegetation and soil nutrient characteristics in the middle section of the Hexi Corridor and the southern fringe of the Badain Jaran Desert, and their correlation with environmental factors were analyzed. Results indicated that the plant composition in the desert areas of the middle section of the Hexi Corridor and the southwestern fringe of the Badain Jaran Desert was single and had low diversity, with plant species concentrated in a few families. Typical desert plants such as Reaumuria songarica and Nitraria tangutorum were frequently found in the study area. The distribution of herbaceous plants was strongly correlated with the average annual precipitation. In Shandan County, which is located in the southern part of the study area, the biomass of herbaceous plants reached 108.01 g·m-2. Within a certain range of annual precipitation, the biomass of shrubs increased with the increase of precipitation, with the highest value occurring in Suzhou County, near the northern slope of the Qilian Mountains, at 134.03 g·m-2. Increasing precipitation significantly promoted the growth of herbaceous plants. The surface soil had the highest organic carbon, total nitrogen, and total phosphorus contents in the study area, with average values of 2.12, 0.25, and 0.41 g·kg-1, respectively, and higher levels of variability than those in the soil subsurface. In the horizontal direction, the three types of soil nutrients had high variability and weak spatial autocorrelation, with maximum values of 11.22, 1.30, and 0.73 g·kg-1 near Zhangye Oasis. Principal component analysis showed that soil properties and precipitation were the primary factors causing habitat differences in the study area. However, different environmental factors interacted with one another to jointly drive desert vegetation composition and distribution.

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Elevational variations in ecological soil C, N, and P stoichiometry among five typical vegetation types in the Qilian Mountains
BAI Lili, WANG Wenying, Dequelamu , LIU Yanfang, DENG Yanfang
2024, 41 (3):  444-455.  doi: 10.13866/j.azr.2024.03.09
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Five typical vegetation types (i.e., coniferous forests, meadow grasslands, alpine shrubs, alpine meadows, and sparse vegetations of limestone flat) along a vertical belt of the Qilian Mountains were selected to explore the spatial elevational patterns of soil carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus and their stoichiometric ratios. Results showed that: (1) The contents of total carbon (C), nitrogen (N), and phosphorus (P) at the 0-40 cm depth were 15.33-83.46, 1.63-7.76, and 0.41-0.66 mg·kg-1, respectively. Soil C and N decreased gradually with increasing altitudes, following the order coniferous forests>meadow steppes>alpine shrubs>alpine meadows>sparse vegetations of limestone flat. Soil P in alpine scrubs was significantly higher than that in alpine meadows, but the other three vegetations showed no significant difference. (2) The contents of $\mathrm{NH}_{4}^{+}-\mathrm{N}$, $\mathrm{NO}_{3}^{-}-\mathrm{N}$ and available phosphorus at the 0-40 cm depth were 11.01-14.73, 2.78-12.46, and 4.35-13.57 mg·kg-1, respectively. Ammonium was the main inorganic nitrogen form in all vegetation types. The nitrite content decreased gradually with increasing altitude. The content of soil available phosphorus was higher in sparse vegetations of limestone flats. (3) The ratios of soil C:N, C:P, and N:P at the 0-40 cm depth were 9.52-10.11, 29.89-320.24, and 3.18-29.63, respectively. Soil C:N decreased with elevation. Soil C:P and N:P were significantly lower in the soil of sparse vegetations of the limestone flat than in other vegetations, indicating that carbon and nitrogen were the limiting nutrients in the limestone flat. By contrast, the limestone flat was in a phosphorus-rich state. Elevational variations in soil C, N, and P contents and their stoichiometric ratios reflect the joint control of multiple environmental factors, thereby affecting the biochemical processes of soil C, N, and P.

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Effect of soil moisture content on the accuracy of root configuration detection by ground penetrating radar
WANG Bo, ZHANG Jianjun, LAI Zongrui, ZHAO Jiongchang, HU Yawei, YANG Zhou, LI Yang, WEI Zhaoyang
2024, 41 (3):  456-466.  doi: 10.13866/j.azr.2024.03.10
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Root biomass is an important part of the soil ecosystem, however, due to the limitations of measurement techniques and methods, it is impossible to rapidly assess it. The ground penetrating radar (GPR) is an efficient and nondestructive geophysical tool through which root information can be obtained without damaging the soil environment. However, accuracy during the detection and identification of underground roots by GPR is significantly affected by many factors such as soil water content, root roughness, length, and extension direction. In particular, soil water content has an obvious effect on root detection. In this study, in situ root embedding detection experiments were carried out to investigate the influence of soil water content on root detection via GPR. Combined with the changes in wave velocity, amplitude, and the root reflection coefficient of the GPR, the root point identification rate and root point distance root point root mean square error were analyzed under different average soil water content. The results showed that (1) the wave velocity and amplitude of the GPR were important parameters to determine variations in soil water conten during root detection; (2) the GPR’s velocity decreased and the radar amplitude flattened with the increasing soil water content; (3) as the root diameter increased at different soil depths, the GPR’s wave velocity also increased and the GPR’s amplitude tended to be drastic changes; (4) the root point recognition rate and soil water content were negatively correlated (P<0.05), and the best recognition effect was achieved when the soil water content was 15%-25%. These results are great significance for quantifying the effect of soil moisture content on the root detection accuracy of the GPR. In addition, it provide a reference for using this tool for root detection and are particularly important for the estimation of plant root biomass.

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Ecology and Environment
Tradeoffs of ecosystem services and their influencing factors: A case study of the Shanxi Section of the Yellow River Basin
XU Mingjing, FENG Qiang, LYU Meng
2024, 41 (3):  467-479.  doi: 10.13866/j.azr.2024.03.11
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This study is based on the integrated valuation of ecosystem services and tradeoffs model, which quantifies the supply and demand of ecosystem services. This model uses root-mean-square deviation to quantify the intensity of tradeoffs in ecosystem services and analyze the driving factors of tradeoff intensity using a structural equation model. Results show that from 2000 to 2020, the tradeoff intensity of water yield (WY) and soil conservation (SC), as well as WY and carbon sequestration (CS) supply, increased. However, the demand coordination intensity of WY and SC services, as well as WY and CS services, decreased. Except for WY services, which had a supply-demand tradeoff intensity greater than 0 in 2020, the supply-demand tradeoff intensity for WY, SC, and CS services was less than zero from 2000 to 2020. The tradeoff and synergy of ecosystem services are primarily influenced by natural factors. Evapotranspiration has a positive effect on the tradeoff between water production and SC services, as well as on the tradeoff between supply and demand for water production and CS services. However, it has a restraining effect on the tradeoff between supply and demand for water production services. The proportion of grassland area has a restraining effect on the tradeoff between water production and CS services, as well as on the synergy between water production and SC service demands. In addition, it has a promoting effect on the supply-demand tradeoff of CS services. Precipitation has a restraining effect on the synergy between water production and CS service demands, as well as on the tradeoff between supply and demand for SC services. However, it has a promoting effect on the tradeoff between supply and demand for water production services. Socioeconomic factors have a secondary effect on the tradeoff and synergy of ecosystem services. Population density has a promoting effect on the synergy between water production and soil conservation service demands, whereas it has a restraining effect on the tradeoff between supply and demand for water production services and CS services. Therefore, when developing comprehensive management decisions for river basins, the spatial characteristics and driving factors that contribute to the tradeoff and synergy of ecosystem services must be considered.

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Phylogeny and functional traits affect the changes in flowering phenology across woody species in Xinjiang
LIAO Ke, SUN Nan, LI Saiqiang, SUN Xiqing, LUO Xu, YANG Xiaodong
2024, 41 (3):  480-489.  doi: 10.13866/j.azr.2024.03.12
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This study aimed to determine whether systematic development and functional traits affect the changes in flowering phenology across woody plants in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Thus, in this study, a botanical garden or park in Urumqi, Yining, and Kashgar was selected as the research object, and then the flowering phenological traits of 120 woody species as well as plant functional traits were observed and collected. The systematic development signals and a generalized least squares model of systematic development were used to study phenological conservation and the impact of plant functional traits on flowering phenology. Results show that the flowering phenology of woody plants was mainly concentrated from March 31 to April 20, with a flowering duration of (13.03±0.38) d. Trees, fleshy fruit, colored flowers, and wind-borne plants have earlier flowering phenology than shrubs, non-fleshy fruit, non-colored flowers, and insect-borne plants, respectively. (2) The phylogenetic signals (Pagel’s λ) of three flowering phenological traits ranged from 0.67 to 0.74, indicating that phylogenetic development constrained the flowering phenology of woody species. (3) Fruit type, flower color, and pollination mode were the main functional traits driving changes in flowering phenology, with a contribution rate of 17.4%-31.6%. The results of this study indicate that systematic development and functional traits affect the changes in flowering phenology across woody plants, which has deepened the phenological theory and is of great importance for elucidating the mechanism of biodiversity maintenance and insect-plant relationships in arid areas.

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Spatiotemporal characteristics of carbon emissions from energy consumption and the approach to energy structure adjustment in Xinjiang
BAO Jiayu, LI Xianglong, HU Qiwen, LI Tao
2024, 41 (3):  490-498.  doi: 10.13866/j.azr.2024.03.13
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As an important energy production and supply base in China, Xinjiang plays a pivotal role in the delicate balance between economic development and carbon emissions. Ensuring a harmonious coordination between these factors is essential to achieve sustainable economic growth and meet goals related to energy conservation and emission reduction. This paper measures and analyzes the spatiotemporal characteristics of energy consumption carbon emissions in Xinjiang from 2000 to 2020 using spatial autocorrelation based on the data obtained from Xinjiang Statistical Yearbook. Results indicate that the total carbon emission intensity from energy consumption in Xinjiang shows an increasing trend every year during the study period. Nevertheless, the overall trend reveals a reduction in the intensity of carbon emissions. The spatial distribution of carbon emission intensity shows that the eastern slope of Tianshan Mountain has a high carbon emission intensity, whereas the northern edge of Junggar, the northern slope of Tianshan Mountain, and the northern slope of Kunlun Mountain has a low carbon emission intensity. These regions exhibit evident clustering characteristics. Considering global warming and carbon emission reduction, Xinjiang must work toward achieving the goals of “carbon peak” and “carbon neutrality” while promoting high-quality socioeconomic development in the area through the implementation of a multi-energy, complementary green energy network.

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Spatiotemporal evolution and prediction of carbon stock in Urumqi City based on PLUS and InVEST models
LI Jiake, SHAO Zhanlin
2024, 41 (3):  499-508.  doi: 10.13866/j.azr.2024.03.14
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Land use changes have an important impact on carbon stock changes in terrestrial ecosystems, and studying carbon stock changes in terrestrial ecosystems under different development scenarios is conducive to the optimization of spatial layout and coordination of the relationship between land use and ecological environmental protection. In this study, the PLUS and InVEST models were combined, and the characteristics of land use changes in Urumqi from 2000 to 2020 were analyzed using data from multiple drivers to predict and simulate the land carbon stock under the natural development scenario, ecological protection priority scenario, and cropland protection priority scenario in 2030. Results show that from 2000 to 2020, the quantity of forest land, water area, construction area, and unused land increases, whereas the area of arable land and grassland decreases. In 2030, the natural development scenario continues the previous development pattern, and the increase in the area of construction land is 18.29%. Under the ecological protection priority scenario, the expansion rate of construction land is effectively controlled, and the increase has slowed down to 4.73%. The area of arable land under the priority arable land protection scenario is 171 km2 more than under the natural development scenario, and the effect of cultivated land conservation is significant. From 2000 to 2020, and carbon stocks decrease by a total of 8.5×106 t. The total carbon stock in 2030 under the natural growth scenario decreases by 4.065×106 t compared to 2020. the ecological protection priority scenario is 7.519×105 t higher than the natural growth scenario. the cropland protection priority scenario is 1.979×106 t lower than the natural growth scenario.Therefore, in the future development plan of Urumqi City, the responsibility of protecting arable land should be implemented, and the expansion of construction land to high-carbon-density land such as forest land, grassland, and arable land should be controlled. Furthermore, the land use layout should be optimized to improve the level of regional carbon stock.

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Potential distribution changes of Castor fiber birulai under climate changes in the upper reaches of the Ulungur River,Xinjiang
SU Canxia, CHU Wenwen, Bahatibieke PIELIZHATI, JIANG Xiaoheng, CHEN Yanqiu, HUANG Wenpu, MA Chi, CHU Hongjun
2024, 41 (3):  509-520.  doi: 10.13866/j.azr.2024.03.15
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Castor fiber birulai is primarily distributed in the Ulungu river basin in China. Therefore, investigating the potential distribution of suitable regions is crucial for the conservation of C. f. birulai. A total of 97 distribution sites of C. f. birulai and 28 environmental factors collected from 2021 to 2022 were used to predict the distribution of suitable habitat regions for this species under different climatic scenarios using the MaxEnt model. Results showed that the distribution of suitable habitats was mainly affected by the distance from major roads (0.1-1 km), distance from water channel (within 100 m), landcover type (river, wetland, and forest), altitude (approximately 1000 m), mean temperature of wettest quarter(22-25 mm), and the standard deviation factor of seasonal temperature change (above 1500). In the 2050s (2041-2060, ssp585 climate scenario) and 2070s (2061-2080, ssp126 climate scenario), the high suitability area was the same or slightly increased compared with the current situation, and the area of suitable habitat, which decreased in the two future climate scenarios, was the same. The results of this study can provide a reference point for the protection and management of C. f. birulai under climate changes.

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Bird diversity at the Keluke Lake-Tuosu Lake Nature Reserve in Qaidam Basin
DUO Hairui, Aoyunbater , WU Jian, LUO Hongwei, TONG Dexing, KONG Fanyan, YANG Fang, WEI Tingting
2024, 41 (3):  521-526.  doi: 10.13866/j.azr.2024.03.16
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The Keluke Lake-Tuosu Lake Nature Reserve is a key wetland that represents the only large-scale stopover site and an important habitat for migratory birds in the desert area of the Qaidam Basin, China. These birds migrate along the Central Asian-Indian migration route, which is part of the global migratory bird network. Most birds in the reserve are migratory birds. In this study, their diversity was investigated using a sample line survey and fixed points. A total of 18 families, 43 genera, and 138 species of birds were recorded, with 10 and 24 of the latter being listed as class I and class II wild species, respectively, which are protected nationwide in China. From 2019 to 2021, the number of bird species increased by 37%, with summer visitors and traveling birds increasing by 23.53% and 88.24%, respectively, which corresponded to their numbers increasing by 2.03 and 7.95 times. Summer visitors and traveling birds are important members of the bird community. The values of the Shannon-Wiener index of richness and the Pielou index of evenness for the bird community increased from 2.45 and 0.46 in 2019 to 3.64 and 0.63 in 2021, respectively. Bird diversity was shown to be high in the Keluke Lake-Tuosu Lake Nature Reserve, with the populations of black-necked cranes and red-crested pochards reaching the 1% population standard established for Ramsar sites. Therefore, an application for the designation of the reserve as a Ramsar site needs to be made as soon as possible. Some individuals belonging to seven bird species, including red-crested pochard and common merganser among others, survived through winter in the Keluke Lake-Tuosu Lake Nature Reserve. Long-term bird diversity studies should be conducted in this area.

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