© 2014

Water Resources Research in Northwest China

  • Yaning Chen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Yaning Chen
    Pages 1-49
  3. Yaning Chen, Baofu Li, Changchun Xu
    Pages 51-108
  4. Yaning Chen, Baofu Li, Zhongsheng Chen, Yuting Fan
    Pages 109-144
  5. Yaning Chen, Zhongsheng Chen, Baofu Li, Qihu Li
    Pages 145-191
  6. Zhongqin Li, Puyu Wang, Meiping Sun
    Pages 193-246
  7. Xianwei Wang, Hongjie Xie, Tiangang Liang
    Pages 247-266
  8. Yaning Chen, Zhi Li, Weihong Li, Yanjun Shen
    Pages 267-287
  9. Zongxue Xu, Zhaofei Liu
    Pages 311-357
  10. Yaning Chen, Huaijun Wang, Guili Sun
    Pages 359-404
  11. Yaning Chen, Weihong Li, Yanjun Shen
    Pages 405-440
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 441-444

About this book


This book examines the possible impacts of climate change on hydrology and water resources in the vast arid region of Northwest China, which is one of the world’s largest arid places.

The first chapter offers an introductory discussion of the physical geography and socioeconomic conditions in the region. Chapters 2 through 7 discuss the climate system and hydrologic system changes in the region, and assess some implications of these changes in relation to potential evapotranspiration, the hydrological cycle and spatiotemporal variations of the snow cover and glaciers as measured via remote sensing, geographic information systems, and statistical analysis. Chapters 8 and 9 focus on model description and experimental design for interpreting the hydro-climatic process, emphasizing the integration of water, climate, and land ecosystems through field observations and computer-based simulations. Chapter 10 examines some extreme hydrological events and presents a study using the historical trend method to investigate the spatial and temporal variability of changing temperature and precipitation extremes in the hyper-arid region of Northwest China.

A concluding chapter discusses possible strategies for sustainable watershed management. The contributors are acknowledged experts who bring broad, relevant experience on water resources research in China’s cold and arid regions. The lessons of this volume will prove useful for understanding arid areas elsewhere in the world.


Climate change Northwest China Extreme hydroclimatological events Glacier change and snow cover Hydrologic system water cycle Water management strategy

Editors and affiliations

  • Yaning Chen
    • 1
  1. 1.Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and GeographyChinese Academy of SciencesXinjiangChina

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Materials & Steel
Chemical Manufacturing
Finance, Business & Banking
Oil, Gas & Geosciences


“This book reports the most cutting-edge research results on hydrologic cycle and water resources in the arid region of Northwest China. … I am sure the results reported in this book will be of interest and help to hydrologists, hydrogeologists, environmentalists, ecologists, engineers, students and decision makers. I recommend this great book to anyone who is interested in water resources research.” (Peiyue Li, Environmental Processes, May, 2015)