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Parametric Terracing as Optimization of Controlled Slope Intervention

Water 2020, 12(3), 634; https://doi.org/10.3390/w12030634
Reviewer 1: Didit Okta Pribadi
Reviewer 2: Anonymous
Reviewer 3: Anonymous
Water 2020, 12(3), 634; https://doi.org/10.3390/w12030634
Received: 31 December 2019 / Revised: 17 February 2020 / Accepted: 21 February 2020 / Published: 26 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Terraced Landscapes and Hydrological-Geological Hazards)

Round 1

Reviewer 1 Report

Please see my comment in a separated file

Comments for author File: Comments.docx

Author Response

We added Figure 3: Section of single-row terraces, double-row terraces and multi-row terraces for vineyard. 

Table 1 shows results of the combinatory parametric simulation of the terraced slope of the pilot area in Medana, Goriška Brda, Slovenia, by single-row terraces, double-row terraces and multi-row terraces for vineyard. 

We added details on physical properties and drainage. We corrected now Figure 4. We corrected now Figure 5. We corrected now Figure 6. We corrected Table 1. We expanded discussion on issue of straight and curved terraces. We expanded discussion on issue of optimal scenario.

Reviewer 2 Report

The present research is dealing with the very interesting issue dealing with a new methodology for the planning and construction of terraced areas.

The manuscript has small obstacles, deficiencies and omissions that must be addressed.

Overall, I think that the manuscript is suitable for publication by making a few corrections according to the attached file.

 

Comments for author File: Comments.pdf

Author Response

We have respected all the comments and corrected or explained more in detailed what has been asked.

We have not moved the part in the introduction to chapter Methods and materials, because it describes the previous process; we have presented now a new methodology, whihc is at the hearth of the article.

Reviewer 3 Report

This is a very interesting and welcome article on agricultural terrace design with the purpose to prevent landslides, plan adequate drainage and soil movements when constructing terraces.

I haven't major issues to raise, just the following moderate comments:

i) no illustrations of terraces or processes related to terraces are provided; I strongly recommend to add these in order to improve the readership of the article and better contextualize the treated topic;

ii) all the figures need to be improved, not it is very hard to understand details, clearness, and usefulness;

iii) the authors mention the fact that one of the main benefits of the work is to provide a methodology to prevent landslides, plan adequate drainage and soil movements when constructing terraces; however, any quantitative analysis about such physical processes are provided, thus it is very difficult to feel about the real usefulness of the provided analysis. Note that the journal is "Water" and something related to ecology and management of water resources needs to be addressed.

Author Response

We added Figure 1 and Figure 2. We have improved all Figures. The quantitative analysis is in Table 1. We have tested that the algorithm works and provides basic quantitative data. We think in the next steps we will be able to simulate also other qualitative results.

Round 2

Reviewer 1 Report

This paper is much improved than the first draft, and I think this is almost ready for publication. There are just some small corrections, including:

  1. Some abbreviations should be explained in the text, such as BIM, DRM, etc.
  2. Figure 6 was written as Figure 4 in the text
  3. Regarding runoff and land slide risks related to terraces designs, it's better to mention it as variables that can be included in the future model as you are not included in the current model
  4. Mentioning that this model can be developed into a web application that can be used by anyone in the future seems too far.  I just think this model should be used by a person who have a background in planning, or farming, or soil conservation, and not just simply used by anyone.    

Author Response

Thank you, we made corrections.

Reviewer 2 Report

The manuscript was improved significantly, according to the suggestions and it is in a suitable form for publication.

Author Response

Thank you.

Reviewer 3 Report

I'm happy with the replies provided by the authors to my comments. From my side the article is ready for publication.

Author Response

Thank you.

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