Journal of Geographical Sciences

, Volume 29, Issue 9, pp 1491–1506 | Cite as

Impact of radiations on the long-range correlation of soil moisture: A case study of the A’rou superstation in the Heihe River Basin

  • Ting Zhang
  • Shi Shen
  • Changxiu ChengEmail author


Analyses of the soil moisture evolution trend and the influence of different types of radiation on soil moisture are of great significance to the simulation and prediction of soil moisture. In this paper, soil moisture (2–60 cm) and various radiation data from 2014–2015 at the A’rou superstation were selected. The radiation data include the net radiation (NR), shortwave and longwave radiation (SR and LR). Using adaptive fractal analysis (AFA), the long–range correlation (LRC) of soil moisture and long-range cross correlation (LRCC) between moisture and three types of radiation were analyzed at different timescales and soil depths. The results show that: (1) Persistence of soil moisture and consistency between soil moisture and radiation mutate at 18-d and 6-d timescales, respectively. The timescale variation of soil moisture persistence is mainly related to the influence process of radiation on soil moisture; (2) Both the soil moisture persistence and soil moisture-radiation consistency vary substantially with soil depth. The soil depth variation of soil moisture persistence is related to the influence intensity of radiation; (3) From 2–6 day timescales, LR displays the strongest influence on soil moisture at depths of 2–10 cm through negative feedback of radiation on the soil temperature. The influence intensity decreases with depth from 2–15 cm. Therefore, the soil moisture persistence is weak and increases with depth from 2–15 cm; and (4) At more than 6 day timescales, SR and NR display a stronger influence on the soil moisture persistence at depths of 2–40 cm through positive feedback of radiation on the soil temperature, especially at depths of 2–10 cm. This influence also weakens with depth. The soil moisture persistence at depths of 2–10 cm is the weakest and increases with depth from 2–40 cm. The research results are instructive for determining timescales and soil depths related to soil water in hydrological models.


soil moisture radiation long-range correlation long-range cross correlation adaptive fractal analysis 


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Experimental data in this research is provided by the Heihe Watershed Allied Telemetry Experimental Research (HiWATER) project. It is available from the Environmental and Ecological Science Data Center for West China at We would like to thank the high-performance computing support from the Center for Geodata and Analysis, Faculty of Geographical Science, Beijing Normal University [].


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Earth Surface Processes and Resource EcologyBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Environmental Change and Natural DisasterBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingChina
  3. 3.Center for Geodata and Analysis, Faculty of Geographical ScienceBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingChina

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