PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2019, Vol. 38 ›› Issue (8): 1171-1181.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2019.08.006

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Review of the development of lake wetlands eco-hydrology and case studies

XU Ligang,LAI Xijun,WAN Rongrong,WANG Xiaolong,LI Xianghu   

  1. Key Laboratory of Watershed Geographic Sciences, Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology, CAS, Nanjing 210008, China
  • Received:2018-09-11 Revised:2019-07-17 Online:2019-08-25 Published:2019-08-25
  • Supported by:
    National Key Research and Development Program of China(2018YFC0407606);STS Key Projects of the Chinese Academy of Sciences(KFJ-STS-QYZD-098);Science and Technology Planning Project of Qinghai Province(2019-HZ-818);Key Project of Research and Development Plan of Jiangxi Province(20171BBH80015)


Eco-hydrology is a new discipline emerged in the 1990s that studies the hydrological mechanism of ecological processes and structures. It focuses on the hydrological mechanism of ecological patterns and the variation of ecological processes. Lake wetlands are one of the five types of natural wetlands in China. The research on eco-hydrology in lake wetlands is an important branch of ecological hydrology research. It concentrates on the research of coupling features and interactions of hydrology and biological patterns and processes in the multi-temporal scale of wetland ecosystem. In this article we summarized the research progress of eco-hydrology on lake wetlands, including its basic theory, connotation, extension, and main research contents. Following that, we concluded the methodology framework of eco-hydrology. We also identified the current and future research topics in eco-hydrology. Finally, based on some case studies, we demonstrated the responses of vegetation to the variation of eco-hydrological processes in the Poyang Lake. This article may have important guiding significance and practical value not only for water resources protection, ecological biodiversity conservation, and wetland ecosystem sustainability, but also for the improvement of technical support systems of wetland eco-hydrology research and watershed ecology and management.

Key words: watershed geography, eco-hydrology, wetlands, model system, Poyang Lake