Soil Water Conservation

Dynamics and Impact

Edited by
April 2019
258 pages
  • ISBN978-3-03897-852-7 (Paperback)
  • ISBN978-3-03897-853-4 (PDF)

This book is a reprint of the Special Issue Soil Water Conservation: Dynamics and Impact that was published in

Biology & Life Sciences
Chemistry & Materials Science
Environmental & Earth Sciences
Public Health & Healthcare

Human needs like food and clean water are directly related to good maintenance of healthy and productive soils. A good understanding of human impact on the natural environment is therefore necessary to preserve and manage soil and water resources. This knowledge is particularly important in semi-arid and arid regions, where the increasing demands on limited water supplies require urgent efforts to improve water quality and water use efficiency. It is important to keep in mind that both soil and water are limited resources. Thus, wise use of these natural resources is a fundamental prerequisite for the sustainability of human societies. This book collects 15 original scientific contributions addressing the state of the art of soil and water conservation research. Contributions cover a wide range of topics, including (1) recovery of soil hydraulic properties; (2) erosion risk; (3) novel modeling, monitoring and experimental approaches for soil hydraulic characterization; (4) improvement of crop yields; (5) water availability; and (6) soil salinity. This collection provides more insights into conservation strategies for effective and sustainable soil and water management.

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soil moisture storage; van Genuchten model; distributed model; Xin’anjiang model; TOPMODEL; bimsoils; critical hydraulic gradient (CHG); response surface methodology; multi-parameter evaluation; laboratory experiment; soil block; subsurface flow; macropore network; spatial scale; polyurethane foam; hillslope; soil water content; field observation; three-dimensional model; numerical model; delta plain; shallow groundwater; unsaturated soil; Richards equation; the Trefftz method; transient; the meshless method; vineyards; infiltration rate; age of planting; saturated hydraulic conductivity; Malawi; conservation agriculture; peer effects; decision tree modeling; olive grove; sap flow; relative transpiration; FDR sensor; EM38; fraction transpiration soil water; transdisciplinary research; Follow-the-Innovation; innovation development; electromagnetic induction meter (EM); The Agricultural Production Systems sIMulator (APSIM) software; AquaCrop; cereals; DSSAT; field scattering; food security; microdose fertilization; rainfall variability; tied ridges; upgrading strategies; soil properties; saturated soil hydraulic conductivity; soil infiltration; Beerkan method; post-fire soil hydraulic characterization; infiltration; bottomless bucket method; single-ring infiltrometer; field-saturated soil hydraulic conductivity; data analysis procedures; environmental change; local perception; food security; adaptation; soil tillage; tillage erosion; seedbed preparation; water infiltration; nitrogen use efficiency; specific leaf water content; vegetable production; soil; yield; water and soil conservation; sustainable land management; soil erosion; soil water storage; water infiltration; water availability; crop yields