Special Issue "Soil Degradation and Remediation"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 July 2023) | Viewed by 6596
Interests: soil properties; amendments; heavy metals; soil remediation; fertilizers
Interests: soil erosion; rainfall simulation; radiocesium; snowmelt; irrigation
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Soil is the most important component of the biosphere, without which neither its normal functioning nor the production of food to mankind is possible. The land area on Earth is 14.9 billion ha, and all the most suitable soils for agriculture (about 11% of land) are already used. More than half of arable soils are degraded at different levels. According to the UN, 12 million ha of land (23 ha per minute) are lost every year due to drought and desertification alone.
Soil degradation types are divided into water and wind erosion, salinization, loss of nutrients and soil organic matter (with CO2 emission into the atmosphere), pollution, waterlogging, desertification, etc. These processes are caused by anthropogenic impact to a large extent. The intensity some of them has increased significantly due to global climate change.
Objective diagnostics and development of evaluation criteria are necessary to select adequate measures to reduce degradation processes and soil remediation. The restoration of soil fertility is an important part of achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Changing of soil properties under prolonged climatic and anthropogenic impact (desertification, waterlogging, ploughing, fertilizing, etc.);
- Laboratory and field study of soil erosion caused by rainfall, snowmelt, fires, irrigation, etc.;
- Impact of pollutants (heavy metals, including radioisotopes) and amendments on soil properties and crop yield;
- All aspects of the remediation of degraded soils;
- Digital soil mapping and remote sensing approaches in agriculture.
Prof. Dr. Ilyusya M. Gabbasova
Dr. Mikhail Komissarov
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- soil pollution
- climate change
- soil remediation