Special Issue "Aeolian Processes and Geomorphology"
A special issue of Geosciences (ISSN 2076-3263).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2018).
Interests: granular materials; aeolian processes; planetary geomorphology; physics of complex systems
This Special Issue is dedicated to recent progress in our understanding of aeolian processes—the emission, transport and deposition of dust and sand particles by wind—and the concatenated geomorphology of Earth and extra-terrestrial environments.
Wind-blown particles shape a substantial portion of the surface of our planet, and play a major role for weather, climate, and several other components of the Earth system. Airborne dust particles can be transported over thousands of kilometers from their source, thereby affecting the hydrological cycle, ecosystem productivity and human health. Moreover, wind-blown sand erodes rocks and soils, and creates a broad range of aeolian bedforms, including migrating ripples, megaripples and dunes, which are largely responsible for the morphodynamics of Earth’s deserts and coasts. Aeolian sand plays an important role for the propagation of desertification, which contributes to increase global warming and enhance poverty in many countries of the Earth.
The understanding of aeolian processes and their geomorphological implications has impact not only in the research of Earth’s climate and geology, but also in the planetary science. Aeolian dust research may help understand climate processes on Mars, where large dust storms obscuring the Sun over entire regions of the planet for several days at a time have been detected at different occasions since the first missions sent to the red planet. Moreover, aeolian bedforms are widespread on Mars, and occur also on Venus, Saturn’s moon Titan and the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Images sent by New Horizons revealed that wind-blown particles have helped to shape the complex geology of the surface of Pluto as well. Bedform morphology and migration rates can serve as proxy for wind regimes, as well as attributes of sediment and atmosphere in extra-terrestrial environments. However, the accurate prediction of aeolian sediment fluxes and dune morphodynamics in such environments still poses one of the biggest challenges in planetary aeolian geomorphology.
Manuscripts in this Special Issue report progress in our understanding of aeolian transport of sand and the resulting landforms, the emission, transport and deposition of dust as well as the impact of dust on the Earth’s system, the characteristics and impact of aeolian processes in extra-terrestrial worlds, as well as the application of aeolian dust and dune research in the investigation of paleoenvironments, dating of aeolian deposits and bedforms of the Pleistocene and Holocene. This Special Issue further aims at highlighting progress in our understanding of the interaction between aeolian processes and biota, the impact of anthropogenic influences on aeolian sediment dynamics, the development of large sand seas, the characteristics of dune sediments, aeolian snow particles and landforms, dune management, wind erosion on agricultural fields and the control of dust and drifting sand. Moreover, manuscripts in this Special Issue report advances in theoretical and numerical models, as well as the newest developments in field and laboratory techniques, to investigate aeolian particles and bedforms.
This Special Issue is open both for manuscripts reporting results from original research and for inspiring review articles, which include a critical overview of the state-of-the-art in the research field considered, as well as an outlook of open, challenging problems to be addressed in future work.
Dr. Eric J. R. Parteli
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- aeolian processes and geomorphology
- planetary aeolian processes
- dune sediments
- wind erosion
- control of dust and drifting sand
- advances in theory, numerical modeling, field and lab methods