Articles | Volume 20, issue 8
Research article
12 Aug 2016
Research article |  | 12 Aug 2016

Variations of deep soil moisture under different vegetation types and influencing factors in a watershed of the Loess Plateau, China

Xuening Fang, Wenwu Zhao, Lixin Wang, Qiang Feng, Jingyi Ding, Yuanxin Liu, and Xiao Zhang

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In this study, we focused on analyzing the variation and factors influencing deep soil moisture content based on a soil moisture survey of the Ansai watershed. Our results revealed the variation characteristics of deep soil moisture and its controlling mechanism at a moderate scale. The results of this study are of practical significance for vegetation restoration strategies and the sustainability of restored ecosystems.