, Volume 43, Issue 7, pp 926–931 | Cite as

Carbon Sequestration Function of Check-Dams: A Case Study of the Loess Plateau in China

  • Yafeng Wang
  • Liding Chen
  • Yang Gao
  • Shuai Wang
  • Yihe Lü
  • Bojie Fu


Check-dams are the most common structures for controlling soil erosion in the Loess Plateau. However, the effect of check-dams on carbon sequestration, along with sediment transport and deposition, has not been assessed over large areas. In this study, we evaluated the carbon sequestration function of check-dams in the Loess Plateau. The results indicate that there were approximately 11 000 check-dams distributed in the Loess Plateau, with an estimate of the amount of sediment of 21 × 109 m3 and a soil organic carbon storage amount of 0.945 Pg. Our study reveals that check-dams in the Loess Plateau not only conserve soil and water but also sequester carbon.


Check-dam Carbon sequestration Sediments Soil erosion Loess Plateau Ecosystem services 



This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 40901098 and 41230745) and the CAS/SAFEA International Partnership Program for Creative Research Teams of “Ecosystem Processes and Services.” We thank Geoffrey Hart (Montréal, Canada) for editing an early version of this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yafeng Wang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Liding Chen
    • 1
  • Yang Gao
    • 3
  • Shuai Wang
    • 1
  • Yihe Lü
    • 1
  • Bojie Fu
    • 1
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Urban and Regional Ecology, Research Center for Eco-Environmental SciencesChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.SKLLQG, Institute of Earth EnvironmentChinese Academy of SciencesXi’anChina
  3. 3.Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CASBeijingChina

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