Special Issue "Land Degradation Processes and Fluvial Geomorphology: Intra/Inter-catchment Sediment Dynamics and Catchment Processes"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2017)
Dr. Jerry Maroulis
Soil Physics and Land Management, Wageningen University and Research, 6708 PB Wageningen, The Netherlands
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Interests: geomorphological processes, sustainable land management, land degradation and remediation, quaternary environments, climate change mitigation and adaptation, online learning
Running water is an integral process in modifying and shaping the landscapes of the Earth. The ability of water to interact with the surrounding geology, soil, and detrital materials, helps to shape the characteristics of a catchment. Furthermore, the interface between erosion and depositional processes within catchments provides a myriad of catchment responses and drainage forms, such as rilling, gullies, ravines, canyons, and river valleys. Sediment budgets delivered from catchments to river valleys represent the culmination of soil erosion and land degradation processes (through anthropogenic and/or natural processes). Furthermore, time and spatial dimensions associated with these processes can vary dramatically. Eroded sediments can be stored within catchments for millennia yet they can be rapidly mobilized downstream due to extreme rainfall or flood event or anthropogenic activities which can ultimately impact the form and character of fluvial systems downstream. Despite the relatively short duration of floods from both rain and meltwater floods, they can significantly interrupt the interaction between water and landscapes. These sudden episodic processes can generate significantly more erosion and sediment in these short, high-intensity bursts than over low and moderate flows through the normal actions of a river. This Special Issue highlights the role of soil erosion processes within catchments and their impact on fluvial forms and riverine processes over a broad range of spatial and temporal scales and under varying climates. Therefore, studies focussed on landscape denudation, soil erosion and land degradation processes, sediment and hydrological dynamics, catchment hydrological processes, tracing techniques, fluvial processes, channel morphology and channel processes are most welcomed, as are studies into land and catchment management-related research. Early career researchers are encouraged to submit their research
Dr. Jerry Maroulis
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- catchment processes
- soil erosion
- fluvial geomorphology
- sediment dynamics
- soil; land degradation
- channel morphology