Chinese Ecosystem Research Network Zone II Versions ZH3 Vol 5 (3) 2020
A dataset of soil moisture under continuous fertilization in loess hilly area (1997–2011)
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Abstract & Keywords
Abstract: Loessial soil is the major type of cultivated land in the loess hilly and gully area of northern Shaanxi. It has a thick soil layer which can store a large amount of rainwater. It acts as the “moisture reservoir” vital for crop growth on dry land. However, due to lack of rainfall and soil nutrients caused by soil erosion, the productivity of loessial soil has to be improved through artificial means, an important one of which is soil fertilization. In order to explore the effects of continuous application of chemical fertilizer to crops, the Ansai National Field Scientific Observation and Research Station has carried out continuous fertilization Experimentation on different land types of loessial soil in the hilly and gully area of loess since 1980’s. The experimentation has been carried out in tableland, terrace and slope fields. This paper presents a dataset of soil moisture under continuous application of varied fertilizer combinations from 1997 to 2011. For its good continuity and reliable quality, the dataset can support research on soil nutrients.
Keywords: Loess Plateau; loessial soil; continuous fertilization; soil moisture
Dataset Profile
TitleA dataset of soil moisture under continuous fertilization in loess hilly area (1997–2011)
Data corresponding authorLi Gouxia (
Data authorsLi Gouxia, Wu Ruijun, Jiang Jun, Sun Qiuhong
Time range1997–2011
Geographical scopeField plots were located in Ansai, Yan’an, Shaanxi Province (109°19′24″E– 109°19′25″E, 36°51′25″N–36°51′26″N).
Data volume700 KB
Data format*.xls, *.doc
Data service system<>
Dataset compositionThe data set consists of two parts: (1) XLS data file, which records the soil moisture under continuous fertilization in loess hilly area from 1997 to 2011, with results measured by drying method at a sampling depth of 0 cm – 200 cm; (2) 15 data description doc. documents, which describe the experimentation of continuous fertilization of each year, with the files named after respective years in the pattern of “asf + year”.
Article and author information
Li Gouxia
Wu Ruijun
Jiang Jun
Sun Qiuhong
Publication records
Released: April 7, 2020 ( VersionsZH2
Published: Aug. 28, 2020 ( VersionsZH3