Special Issue "Soil Erosion: Dust Control and Sand Stabilization, Volume II"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Earth Sciences and Geography".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Itzhak Katra
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Department of Geography and Environmental Development, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheba 8410501, Israel
Interests: Geomorphology, soil erosion, aeolian processes, dust sources and emissions, arid soils under human activities, sand transport and land formation, boundary-layer wind tunnel experiments, dust storms and air pollution.
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Dear Colleagues,

Soil erosion by wind is significant to Earth systems and the quality of human life. Climate change of drier conditions is associated with desertification and, thus, increased dust emission from soils and sand-dune transport. Moreover, many soils throughout the world are subjected to the impacts of rapid population growth and extensive land uses, including agricultural fields, grazing areas, unpaved roads, mines and quarries, waste soils, active sand dunes and sand sheets, and more. There is a strong interest in understanding the factors and processes of soil erosion by wind as well as in developing and applying methods to control dust emission from soils and to stabilize active sands. This Special Issue on soil erosion invites novel and original articles based on physical and chemical theories, field and laboratory experiments, soil analyses, and/or statistical and mathematical modeling that advance our knowledge of dust control and sand stabilization.  

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Applications of natural and synthetic materials to reduce dust emission;
  • Development of materials and methods for dust control and sand stabilization;
  • Distribution of atmospheric particulate matter (PM) from dust sources;
  • Integration of experimental methods and modeling in dust emission;
  • Impacts of dust control applications on the soil quality and the environments;
  • Quantification of the efficiency in dust control and sand stabilization applications.

Prof. Dr. Itzhak Katra
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Aeolian processes
  • Arid areas
  • Dust emission
  • Dust sources
  • Environmental pollution
  • Infrastructures
  • Human activities
  • Particle size distribution
  • Polymers
  • Sand dune
  • Sand transport
  • Soil erosion
  • Soil physics
  • Soil quality
  • Topsoil

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Dust Emission Thresholds in Loess Soil Under Different Saltation Fluxes
Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(17), 5949; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10175949 - 27 Aug 2020
Abstract
Soil-derived dust particles produced by aeolian (wind) processes have significant impacts on humans and the Earth’s systems. The soil particle size distribution is a major soil characteristic in dust emission models. Yet empirical information on the dependence of dust emission thresholds on soil [...] Read more.
Soil-derived dust particles produced by aeolian (wind) processes have significant impacts on humans and the Earth’s systems. The soil particle size distribution is a major soil characteristic in dust emission models. Yet empirical information on the dependence of dust emission thresholds on soil particle size distribution is still lacking. The main goal of this study was to explore the dust emission threshold from semi-arid loess soil samples by a targeted wind-tunnel experiment. The results clearly show that the dust emission threshold is associated with the saltation threshold with no distinct direct aerodynamic lifting of the loose dust particle. The dust flux depends on the amount of the clay-silt fraction in the soil, the shear velocity, and the saltation flux under certain shear velocity. The study aimed to advance our understating of the dust emission processes, and to provide empirical information for parametrization in dust emission models and for management strategy of soils in preventing dust emission. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Soil Erosion: Dust Control and Sand Stabilization, Volume II)
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