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Water 2017, 9(10), 740; https://doi.org/10.3390/w9100740

Water–Soil–Vegetation Dynamic Interactions in Changing Climate

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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA 23529-0241, USA
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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND 58108-6050, USA
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College of Water Conservancy and Civil Engineering, Inner Mongolia Agricultural University, Hohhot 010018, China
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School of Civil Engineering and Transportation, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510641, China
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Department of Ocean, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA 23529-0241, USA
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Received: 10 August 2017 / Revised: 22 September 2017 / Accepted: 26 September 2017 / Published: 28 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Water-Soil-Vegetation Dynamic Interactions in Changing Climate)
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Abstract

Previous studies of land degradation, topsoil erosion, and hydrologic alteration typically focus on these subjects individually, missing important interrelationships among these important aspects of the Earth’s system. However, an understanding of water–soil–vegetation dynamic interactions is needed to develop practical and effective solutions to sustain the globe’s eco-environment and grassland agriculture, which depends on grasses, legumes, and other fodder or soil-building crops. This special issue is intended to be a platform for a discussion of the relevant scientific findings based on experimental and/or modeling studies. Its 12 peer-reviewed articles present data, novel analysis/modeling approaches, and convincing results of water–soil–vegetation interactions under historical and future climates. Two of the articles examine how lake/pond water quality is related to human activity and climate. Overall, these articles can serve as important references for future studies to further advance our understanding of how water, soil, and vegetation interactively affect the health and productivity of the Earth’s ecosystem. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate change; experiment; hydrology; modeling; soil water; steppe grassland; transpiration; vegetation growth climate change; experiment; hydrology; modeling; soil water; steppe grassland; transpiration; vegetation growth
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Wang, X.; Chu, X.; Liu, T.; Cheng, X.; Whittecar, R. Water–Soil–Vegetation Dynamic Interactions in Changing Climate. Water 2017, 9, 740.

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