Special Issue "Land Use Change in the Changing Environment II"

A special issue of Environments (ISSN 2076-3298).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2023 | Viewed by 1564

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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Land-use changes are discussed not only in relation to climate change, but also to political and socio-economic changes. Such interactions between humans and environments are receiving more attention in today’s society. Because of its complexity, land science involves broad communities. This Special Issue is seeking original, unpublished papers that describe recent advances and efforts in various land-use and land-cover-change issues in relation to changing environments, not only from a GLP (Global Land Project) community standpoint but also from that of non-GLP communities. This Special Issue invites research papers addressing the state of the art in developing the concepts and tools for an effective analysis at different scales. Research results and discussions, especially those targeting contributions to exploring the research framework with co-design and co-production for Future Earth (http://www.futureearth.org/), are highly welcome. Papers selected for this Special Issue are subjected to a rigorous peer review procedure with the aim of rapid and wide dissemination of research results, developments, and applications in the area of environments.

Prof. Dr. Teiji Watanabe
Dr. Ram Avtar
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  •  accumulation of case studies on land use change and sustainability, resilience, and vulnerability
  •  land use change in protected areas
  •  trade-offs between development/land use change and conservation
  •  land use change and climate change, societal change, or policy change as a driver
  •  land use change and poverty, marginality, and gender
  •  models and analytical tools for environmental management and sustainability

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Soil Loss Analysis of an Eastern Kentucky Watershed Utilizing the Universal Soil Loss Equation
Environments 2022, 9(10), 126; https://doi.org/10.3390/environments9100126 - 04 Oct 2022
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Soil erosion is the displacement of soil’s upper layer(s) triggered by a variation in topography, land use and soil types, and anthropogenic activities. This study selected the Marrowbone Creek-Russel Fork watershed in eastern Kentucky to estimate the mean annual soil loss over eight [...] Read more.
Soil erosion is the displacement of soil’s upper layer(s) triggered by a variation in topography, land use and soil types, and anthropogenic activities. This study selected the Marrowbone Creek-Russel Fork watershed in eastern Kentucky to estimate the mean annual soil loss over eight years (from 2013 to 2020) utilizing the Universal Soil Loss Equation (USLE). We included monthly precipitation, soil survey, digital elevation model (DEM), and land cover data to estimate the parameters of the USLE. The mean annual soil loss for the study area ranged from 1.77 to 2.91 Mg ha−1 yr−1 with an eight-year mean of 2.31 Mg ha−1 yr−1. In addition, we observed that developed land cover classes were less erosion-resistant than undeveloped land cover classes over the observation period. The results of this case study in our small watershed that has been historically impacted by upstream coal-mining activities are comparable to the results from similar studies in other geographic regions. However, we suggest other researchers conduct similar studies using robust data to determine the applicability of the USLE model and validate the results in developing measures to address soil loss issues. Full article
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