Stable isotopes and chloride ion of precipitation events in the northeastern Tibetan Plateau, China Stable isotopes and chloride ion of precipitation events in the northeastern Tibetan Plateau, China

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Vol18 No.4: 834-846

Title】Stable isotopes and chloride ion of precipitation events in the northeastern Tibetan Plateau, China

Author】CUI Bu-li1,2,3*; LI Dong-sheng2; JIANG Bao-fu2; WANG Ying2; WANG Ya-xuan2; WANG Long-sheng2; LI Xiao-yan1

Addresses】1 State Key Laboratory of Earth Surface Processes and Resource Ecology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China; 2 School of Resources and Environmental Engineering, Ludong University, Yantai 264025, China; 3 State Key Laboratory of Loess and Quaternary Geology, Institute of Earth Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xi'an 710061, China

Corresponding author】CUI Bu-li

Citation】Cui BL, Li DS, Jiang BF, et al. (2021) Stable isotopes and chloride ion of precipitation events in the northeastern Tibetan Plateau, China. Journal of Mountain Science 18(4). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11629-020-6574-5

DOI】https://doi.org/10.1007/s11629-020-6574-5

Abstract】Stable isotopes and chloride ion of precipitation are ideal environmental tracers to explain and reveal the formation and evolution mechanisms of water bodies. It is crucial to investigate the stable isotopes and chloride in precipitation events in the northeastern part of the Tibetan Plateau (NETP) due to the limitation of available data. This study sampled each event of precipitation during the period from July 2018 to June 2019 and the monthly dustfall in the NETP to investigate the temporal changes of stable isotopes and chloride in precipitation, and to reveal the moisture source of precipitation over the NETP using a back trajectory model. Results showed that the δ2H values of precipitation ranged from -183.51‰ to 17.75‰, and the δ18O values ranged from -25.18‰ to 0.48‰. The slope of the Local Meteoric Water Line was slightly lower than 8 due to the effect of below-cloud secondary evaporation on the precipitation process. Most d-excess values were higher than 10‰ because moisture recycled from the continent and Qinghai Lake surface mixed with precipitation. The chloride in precipitation accounted for 86.5% of the annual total deposition mass of chloride (1329.64 mg/m2), indicating that precipitation was the main source of chloride in the NETP. The temperature and amount effects of stable isotope in the precipitation were obvious in the NETP. The precipitation was predominantly derived from the Westerly Circulationfrom September through Mayandthe East Asian Monsoon from June to August, with precipitation amounts of 246.5 mm and 178.0 mm, respectively, indicating that the precipitation over the NETP broughtby the Westerly Circulationwas more than that brought by the East Asian Monsoon.The air mass over the NETP transited in late May and early September, and a slight change in transition period would mainly be related to the intensity of the East Asian Monsoon, which is strongly influenced by El Niño-Southern Oscillation. These results provide not only baseline data for hydrological and climatological studies of the NETP but also valuable insights into the hydrological process in the inland arid areaof Asia.

Keywords】Stable isotope; Chloride ion; Precipitation; Moisture source; Northeastern Tibetan Plateau