Journal of Resources and Ecology ›› 2017, Vol. 8 ›› Issue (2): 141-147.DOI: 10.5814/j.issn.1674-764x.2017.02.004

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Land Aridization in the Context of Global Warming - a Case Study of Transbaikalia

Anatoly I. KULIKOV1, *, Bair Z. TSYDYPOV2, Bator V. SODNOMOV2, Ayur B. GYNINOVA1, WANG Juanle3   

  1. 1. Institute of General and Experimental Biology, Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, Ulan-Ude 670047, Russia;
    2. Baikal Institute of Nature Management, Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, Ulan-Ude 670047, Russia;
    3. State Key Lab of Resource and Environmental Information System, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
  • Received:2016-04-21 Online:2017-03-28 Published:2017-03-28
  • Contact: Anatoly I. KULIKOV, E-mail:
  • Supported by:
    These investigations were partially supported by the Russian Geographical Society (grant No. 13-05-41378)

Abstract: An increase in the extremality of natural processes is a consequence of warming, aridization, and desertification. The authors consider the processes of warming, aridization, and desertification to be the parts of a single system and major destabilizing factors of ecological balance. Destabilization is expressed in the growth of natural processes extremality. Ecosystems of Transbaikalia were once characterized by a different natural contrast and amplitude. Warming, aridization and desertification have led to an increase of environmental regimes tensions. This is demonstrated quantitatively by the root-mean-square difference of atmospheric and soil parameters. Quantitative indicators of aridization are estimated using Walter-Gossen climate charts. Permafrost zone response information to the long-term warming is provided as well.

Key words: aridization, climate change, desertification, drought, extremality, warming