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Advances in Ecohydrology for Water Resources Optimization in Arid and Semi-Arid Areas

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Council for Agricultural Research and Economics–Research Center for Agriculture and Environment (CREA–AA), Via C. Ulpiani, 570125 Bari, Italy
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Agricultural Department, University of Sassari, Viale Italia, 39, 07100 Sassari, Italy
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School of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Blacksburg, VA 24061, USA
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Institute for Agricultural and Earthmoving Machines (IMAMOTER), National Research Council of Italy, Strada delle Cacce, 73, 10135 Torino, Italy
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Department of Soil Science and Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Maragheh, Maragheh 83111-55181, Iran
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Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Institute of Bio- and Geosciences: Agrosphere (IBG-3), 52428 Jülich, Germany
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Department of Agricultural, Food and Forest Sciences, University of Palermo, Viale delle Scienze, Ed. 4 Ingr. E., 90128 Palermo, Italy
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Water 2022, 14(12), 1830; https://doi.org/10.3390/w14121830
Received: 27 May 2022 / Accepted: 30 May 2022 / Published: 7 June 2022
Conserving water resources is a current challenge that will become increasingly urgent in future due to climate change. The arid and semi-arid areas of the globe are expected to be particularly affected by changes in water availability. Consequently, advances in ecohydrology sciences, i.e., the interplay between ecological and hydrological processes, are necessary to enhance the understanding of the critical zone, optimize water resources’ usage in arid and semi-arid areas, and mitigate climate change. This Special Issue (SI) collected 10 original contributions on sustainable land management and the optimization of water resources in fragile environments that are at elevated risk due to climate change. In this context, the topics mainly concern transpiration, evapotranspiration, groundwater recharge, deep percolation, and related issues. The collection of manuscripts presented in this SI represents knowledge of ecohydrology. It is expected that ecohydrology will have increasing applications in the future. Therefore, it is realistic to assume that efforts to increase environmental sustainability and socio-economic development, with water as a central theme, will have a greater chance of success. View Full-Text
Keywords: groundwater; transpiration; evapotranspiration; deep infiltration; gully erosion; runoff; forest restoration; compost; silicon; soil water retention groundwater; transpiration; evapotranspiration; deep infiltration; gully erosion; runoff; forest restoration; compost; silicon; soil water retention
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Castellini, M.; Di Prima, S.; Stewart, R.; Biddoccu, M.; Rahmati, M.; Alagna, V. Advances in Ecohydrology for Water Resources Optimization in Arid and Semi-Arid Areas. Water 2022, 14, 1830. https://doi.org/10.3390/w14121830

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Castellini M, Di Prima S, Stewart R, Biddoccu M, Rahmati M, Alagna V. Advances in Ecohydrology for Water Resources Optimization in Arid and Semi-Arid Areas. Water. 2022; 14(12):1830. https://doi.org/10.3390/w14121830

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Castellini, Mirko, Simone Di Prima, Ryan Stewart, Marcella Biddoccu, Mehdi Rahmati, and Vincenzo Alagna. 2022. "Advances in Ecohydrology for Water Resources Optimization in Arid and Semi-Arid Areas" Water 14, no. 12: 1830. https://doi.org/10.3390/w14121830

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