Journal of Geographical Sciences

, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp 435–442 | Cite as

Soil erosion in China based on the 2000 national remote sensing survey

  • Xu Feng
  • Guo Suoyan
  • Zhang Zengxiang
Land Use and Its Effects


This paper discussed the spatial distribution of soil erosion in China at the end of the 20th century based on the second national soil erosion survey. The result indicated soil erosion is still the prime environmental problem in China. Soil erosion mainly occurs in the western regions of China, and the slight erosion type, ion the whole, exerts the greatest impact on soil erosion pattern. The distribution of water erosion shows the impact of landforms: slight water erosion mainly in mountainous and hilly areas, and half of violent water erosion on the loess landforms. Farmland, forestland and grassland are the major land use types of slight hydraulic erosion distribution, while the serious hydraulic erosion and slight wind erosion mainly occur on grassland. Thus, the conservation of the grassland is the key to either hydraulic and wind erosion control. The huangmian soil (a major type of cultivated soil developed from loess mother material) is the one facing the most serious threat from soil erosion in Chinas soil resources. Further discussion on the soil erosion distribution still needs more research on the method and relevant data analysis.

Key words

soil erosion spatial distribution remote sensing survey China 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Remote Sensing ApplicationsCASBeijingChina
  2. 2.Monitoring Center of Soil and Water ConservationMinistry of Water ResourcesBeijingChina

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