Carrying Capacity of Water Resources for Three-North Shelterbelt Construction in China

  • 1 Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China;
    2 University of Chinese Acadamy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China;
    3 National Academy of Economic Strategy, CASS, Beijing 100045, China

Received date: 2012-10-17

  Revised date: 2013-01-23

  Online published: 2013-03-26

Supported by

the Principal of State Science Key Project (NO. 2007FY110300) and the National Natural Science Foundation Item (NO. 41101117).


Water shortage is an important constraint factor in the construction of the Three-North Shelterbelt (TNS). Here, we analyzed temporal-spatial patterns in water resources and trends in the Three-North region. We evaluated the water resource carrying capacity (WRCC) of 623 counties in the project area during the fifth phase of the TNS Development Program. Results show that 387 counties are appropriate for forestation, 185 counties can be planted, and 60 counties are inappropriate for forestation because of water resource constraints.

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YAN Shenghu, DONG Suocheng, LI Zehong, LIU Jiajun, WANG Junni . Carrying Capacity of Water Resources for Three-North Shelterbelt Construction in China[J]. Journal of Resources and Ecology, 2013 , 4(1) : 50 -55 . DOI: 10.5814/j.issn.1674-764x.2013.01.007


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