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The Third Edition: Sustainable Land Management and Land Tenure: Experiences for the Future submission deadline 10 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1697
Keywords: sustainable land management; land tenure; land planning processes
(This special issue belongs to the Section Land Socio-Economic and Political Issues)
Biosphere Reserves in the Global South submission deadline 12 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1651 | Submission Open
Keywords: UNESCO; biosphere; sustainability; natural resources; human capital; mountains; transboundary; land use
(This special issue belongs to the Section Land, Biodiversity, and Human Wellbeing)
Feature Papers for Land–Climate Interactions Section II
edited by
submission deadline 14 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1842 | Submission Open
Keywords: land surface; global climate science; net zero
(This special issue belongs to the Section Land–Climate Interactions)
Urban Transitions and Dynamics: Cultural, Ecological, Digital and Degrowth submission deadline 15 Jul 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 12696 | Submission Open
Keywords: sustainable urban development; urban resilience; urban dynamics; degrowth theories; circular economies; 15-minute city; urban governance; urban art; culture and social movements
(This special issue belongs to the Section Urban Contexts and Urban-Rural Interactions)
Water Resources and Land Use Planning II
edited by
submission deadline 15 Jul 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 11338 | Submission Open
Keywords: land use planning; integrated water resource management; threshold scenarios; sustainability; best management practices; resilience
(This special issue belongs to the Section Soil-Sediment-Water Systems)
Land Degradation and Soil Mapping
edited by Zahn Münch, and
submission deadline 15 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3366 | Submission Open
Keywords: land degradation; digital soil mapping; predictive mapping; land use management; soil management; sustainable agriculture; ecosystem restoration
(This special issue belongs to the Section Land – Observation and Monitoring)
Managing Urban Green Infrastructure and Ecosystem Services submission deadline 15 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1914 | Submission Open
Keywords: land management; urban green infrastructure; ecosystem services; geoinformation; decision making; sustainable urban development
(This special issue belongs to the Section Urban Contexts and Urban-Rural Interactions)
Key Hydrological Processes and Its Controlling Factors in Terrestrial Ecosystems
edited by Licong Dai, and
submission deadline 18 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1812 | Submission Open
Keywords: hydrological processes; water infiltration; runoff; evapotranspiration; groundwater recharge; soil water retention; terrestrial ecosystems; land cover change
(This special issue belongs to the Section Land Systems and Global Change)
Imbricating Socioeconomic and Environmental Data to Model Spatial Patterns of Peri-Urbanisation and Their Consequences
edited by and
submission deadline 22 Jul 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 7332 | Submission Open
Keywords: planned and unplanned urban expansion; land use change; decision support context; peri-urban growth and socioeconomic factors; socio-ecological interactions; spatio-temporal patterns; socio-economic and environmental data integration; peri-urban growth and landscape dynamics; peri-urban ecosystem degradation and quality of life; socio-environmental consequences
(This special issue belongs to the Section Land Socio-Economic and Political Issues)
Land Use and Food Security in China's Urbanizing Regions: Problems and Possibilities
edited by and
submission deadline 22 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 918 | Submission Open
Keywords: land use change; land protection; food security; food production; spatial planning and design; urban management; environmental governance
(This special issue belongs to the Section Land Socio-Economic and Political Issues)
Advances on Land Cover/Land Use Ontologies for Innovative Production/Utilization of Land Information submission deadline 25 Jul 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 7566 | Submission Open
Keywords: land cover; land use; interoperability; standardization; geospatial technology; semantic ontology; harmonization; classification; earth observation; remote sensing; sustainable development
(This special issue belongs to the Section Land – Observation and Monitoring)
Forest Ecosystems: Protection and Restoration II
edited by
submission deadline 25 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2425 | Submission Open
Keywords: forest science; degradation; ecosystem; biodiversity; strategies; resource conflict; forest exploitation; climate change; mechanisms; forest loss
The Second Edition: Urban Planning Pathways to Carbon Neutrality
edited by
submission deadline 25 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 336 | Submission Open
Keywords: urban spatial planning; carbon emission; carbon neutrality; spatial layout optimization; green transportation systems; green infrastructure
(This special issue belongs to the Section Land–Climate Interactions)
Land Use/Land Cover and Natural Hazards: Interactions, Changes, and Impacts II submission deadline 26 Jul 2024 | 8 articles | Viewed by 19098 | Submission Open
Keywords: land use/land cover (LULC); historical LULC; present LULC; LULC scenarios; natural hazards mapping; floods; landslides; erosion; geographic information systems (GIS); remote sensing (RS); statistical modeling; numerical modeling; machine learning modeling; urban and environmental planning; green infrastructure; nature-based solutions (NbS); ecosystem services
Effects of Human-Environment Interaction on Land Ecosystem since Holocene II
edited by , Shanjia Zhang and Zhiping Zhang
submission deadline 26 Jul 2024 | 9 articles | Viewed by 9180 | Submission Open
Keywords: climate change; human activity; human-environment interaction; ecosystem; holocene; subsistence strategy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Land–Climate Interactions)
Urban Land Use Change and Its Spatial Planning submission deadline 28 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4080 | Submission Open
Keywords: land use change; dynamic processes; planning; policy; quality; sustainability; participation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Urban Contexts and Urban-Rural Interactions)
Land Resource Assessment submission deadline 29 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3266 | Submission Open
Keywords: land resource efficiency; functional differences evaluation; land resource capitalization; process evaluation and simulation; energy system language and LCA; typical model of land use; ecological security and carrying capacity
(This special issue belongs to the Section Land Environmental and Policy Impact Assessment)
Landscape-Scale Sustainable Tourism Development submission deadline 30 Jul 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 5174 | Submission Open
Keywords: landscape recreation potential; cultural landscape management and planning; landscape protection; urban and rural landscape vs. tourism; tourism in protected areas; ecological management of tourist areas; sustainable tourism and spatial planning
(This special issue belongs to the Section Land Planning and Landscape Architecture)
Ecosystem Services Design from Single Space Solution to Landscape Vision
edited by
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 8 articles | Viewed by 16831 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Land Planning and Landscape Architecture)
Advances in Land Consolidation and Land Ecology
edited by and
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 11 articles | Viewed by 12974 | Submission Open
Keywords: land consolidation; land ecology; sustainable land use; landscape construction; nature resource management; cross-disciplinary contributions; technology-driven solutions; land property rights; rural development; land ecological restoration
(This special issue belongs to the Section Land Systems and Global Change)
Salinity Monitoring and Modelling at Different Scales
edited by , and Tiago Brito Ramos
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 11 articles | Viewed by 12643 | Submission Open
Keywords: soil salinity; soil hydraulic properties; pedotransfer functions; proximal soil sensing; remote sensing; electromagnetic induction; digital soil mapping; machine learning; arid and semi-arid climate; agricultural water management
(This special issue belongs to the Section Soil-Sediment-Water Systems)
Advances in Hydro-Sedimentological Modeling for Simulating LULC submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3678 | Submission Open
Keywords: land use/cover change; hydrological modeling; sediment transport; machine learning; environmental science; climate change; soil physics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Soil-Sediment-Water Systems)
Assessment and Monitoring of Land Degradation: Current Trends and Future Directions
edited by Xuchao Zhu
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 3467 | Submission Open
Keywords: soil erosion; soil desertification; soil salinization; soil fertility decline; soil pollution; land degradation evaluation; land degradation monitoring; current status; future prospects
(This special issue belongs to the Section Soil-Sediment-Water Systems)
Urban Forestry Dynamics: Management and Mechanization
edited by , and Valerio Di Stefano
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 554 | Submission Open
Keywords: urban forest; mechanization; urban forest operations; soil impact; environmental effects; technical and economic performance; new technologies
(This special issue belongs to the Section Landscape Ecology)
Sustainable and Resilient Perspectives in Digital Landscape Architecture and Planning
edited by , Mark Lindquist and
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 553 | Submission Open
Keywords: Artificial Intelligence; computational design; landscape architecture; landscape design; landscape planning; landscape visualization; machine learning; multisensory representation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Land Planning and Landscape Architecture)
Impact of Pollutants on Soil Health submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 467 | Submission Open
Keywords: land use/management; soil contamination; soil health; soil amendments; soil science
(This special issue belongs to the Section Soil-Sediment-Water Systems)
Innovation for Resilience Biodiversity to Global Warming submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 459 | Submission Open
Keywords: biodiversity; natural capital; ecosystem services; resilience; adaptive capacity; global warming; agroecosystem; agro-ecological system; aquatic ecosystem; green infrastructure; blue infrastructure; sustainability; human well-being
(This special issue belongs to the Section Land, Biodiversity, and Human Wellbeing)
Ecosystem Services and Coastal Management: Tools to Counteract Sediment Losses
edited by , Marucci Angelo and
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 356 | Submission Open
Keywords: ecosystem services; coastal morphodynamics; natural capital; river ecosystems; coastal management; nature-based solutions; protected natural areas
(This special issue belongs to the Section Landscape Ecology)
Digital Earth and Remote Sensing for Land Management submission deadline 2 Aug 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1325 | Submission Open
Keywords: digital earth; satellite imagery; InSAR; digital elevation models (DEM); land monitoring; land use; land cover; urban morphology; GIS tools
(This special issue belongs to the Section Land Innovations – Data and Machine Learning)
Land Use Change from Non-urban to Urban Areas: Problems, Challenges and Opportunities II submission deadline 8 Aug 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 11724 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Urban Contexts and Urban-Rural Interactions)
A Livable City: Rational Land Use and Sustainable Urban Space
edited by and
submission deadline 8 Aug 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 4167 | Submission Open
Keywords: rational land use; sustainable urban space; urban planning and design; spatial optimization; public participation and governance; land-use policy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Urban Contexts and Urban-Rural Interactions)
New Insights into Land-Space Ecological Restoration (LSER) Policy for Sustainable Development Goals
edited by Lingxiao Ying, Ming Luo and
submission deadline 8 Aug 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 556 | Submission Open
Keywords: land-space ecological restoration policy and strategy; ecosystem conservation and restoration approach; climate change mitigation and adaption; ecosystem services and human well-being enhancement; sustainable development
(This special issue belongs to the Section Land Socio-Economic and Political Issues)
Geospatial Data for Landscape Change
edited by
submission deadline 15 Aug 2024 | 9 articles | Viewed by 20146 | Submission Open
Keywords: space-time landscape analysis; landscape quality assessment and monitoring; LULC change detection; landscape 3D mapping and monitoring; landscapes in a changing climate; people’ s perception of landscape change; changes in landscape analysis approaches; landscape geospatial visualization; geospatial data of moon and mars landscape mapping
(This special issue belongs to the Section Landscape Ecology)
Resilience in Historical Landscapes submission deadline 15 Aug 2024 | 10 articles | Viewed by 17419 | Submission Open
Keywords: resilience; historical ecology; landscape archaeology; vegetation history; paleoecology and archaeobotany; human geography and environmental anthropology; world/global history; long-term human– environment interactions; landscape changes; geospatial (GIS) analyses
(This special issue belongs to the Section Landscape Archaeology)
Ecosystem Disturbances and Soil Properties submission deadline 15 Aug 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3245 | Submission Open
Keywords: wildfires; herbivory; soil structure; soil nutrients; soil carbon; soil biota
(This special issue belongs to the Section Soil-Sediment-Water Systems)
Landscape Planning for Mass Tourism in Historical Cities
edited by , Ana-Neli Ianăş and
submission deadline 15 Aug 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3048 | Submission Open
Keywords: urban planning; mass tourism; historical center; public policies; landscape planning; tourist strategies
(This special issue belongs to the Section Land Planning and Landscape Architecture)
Rural–Urban Gradients: Landscape and Nature Conservation II submission deadline 15 Aug 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2986 | Submission Open
Keywords: gradient approach; rural– urban divide; effectiveness of protected areas; ecosystem services supply; urban expansion; rural cultural landscapes; social-ecological resilience
(This special issue belongs to the Section Urban Contexts and Urban-Rural Interactions)
Urban Landscape Ecological Planning and Its Environmental Effects
edited by and
submission deadline 15 Aug 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2054 | Submission Open
Keywords: air pollution prevention and control plan; urban wind environment; green space and residents' health; landscape ecosystem stability analysis; urban landscape ecological security; urban renewal; biodiversity conservation planning; ecological planning and design; carbon emission; sustainable landscape management
(This special issue belongs to the Section Land Planning and Landscape Architecture)
Land Use Change and Plant Invasion: Plant Invasion Due to Changed Landscape Use, Changed Behavior and Ecological Problems of Native and Non-native Species
edited by
submission deadline 15 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 203 | Submission Open
Keywords: human impact; land abandonment; rural-urban transformation; invasion; alien species; exotic species; ecosystem services assessment; management; restoration
(This special issue belongs to the Section Land, Biodiversity, and Human Wellbeing)
Where Land Meets Sea: Terrestrial Influences on Coastal Environments submission deadline 20 Aug 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 19180 | Submission Open
Keywords: land– sea interactions; catchment management; terrestrial discharge; estuarine and coastal ecosystems; coastal resilience; coastal water quality; aquatic health; sustainable food production
Agriculture, Forestry, Land Allocation and Environmental Sustainability
edited by Sougata Bardhan and
submission deadline 23 Aug 2024 | 10 articles | Viewed by 10985 | Submission Open
Keywords: land allocation; agriculture; forestry; environmental sustainability; land suitability; ecosystem services
(This special issue belongs to the Section Land Environmental and Policy Impact Assessment)
Editorial Board Members' Collection Series: Carbon Sequestration in Croplands submission deadline 23 Aug 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 8552 | Submission Open
Keywords: carbon/nitrogen cycling; plant/soil relationships; soil management; cropping systems; tillage; spatial variability
(This special issue belongs to the Section Soil-Sediment-Water Systems)
Interrelations in Urban–Rural Transects: Planning Sustainable Transformations for Human Wellbeing
edited by Luca Barbarossa, and
submission deadline 26 Aug 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1520 | Submission Open
Keywords: urban– rural transect; urban fringes; human well-being; active mobility; sustainable urban transformation; environmental and landscape planning
(This special issue belongs to the Section Urban Contexts and Urban-Rural Interactions)
The Dynamics of Biodiversity and Landscape Ecology: Patterns, Processes, and Planning
edited by
submission deadline 30 Aug 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 11029 | Submission Open
Keywords: land use changes; biodiversity loss; ecosystem function and services; management measures
(This special issue belongs to the Section Landscape Ecology)
Advancing Sustainability through Land-Related Approaches: Theoretical Foundations and Empirical Investigations
edited by , , Yujia Zhang, and Yuzhu Zang
submission deadline 30 Aug 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 5969 | Submission Open
Keywords: land system science; sustainability science; landscape ecology; land system architecture; land management; land consolidation; spatial governance; landscape planning; geodesign; transdisciplinarity; actionable knowledge
(This special issue belongs to the Section Land Systems and Global Change)
Topical Advisory Panel Member Solicited Papers Series: Soil Remediation submission deadline 30 Aug 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 5522 | Submission Open
Keywords: soil contamination; soil remediation; groundwater contamination; environmental risks; ecotoxicology; soil decontamination
(This special issue belongs to the Section Soil-Sediment-Water Systems)
Feature Papers for the ‘Land Socio-Economic and Political Issues’ Section: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
edited by
submission deadline 30 Aug 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 3468 | Submission Open
Keywords: sustainable land management; socio-economi implications of land use; political dimensions of land governance; land tenure systems; land rights and access; equitable land distribution; rural development and land policies; land-based livelihoods; land use planning; urbanization and land use; land degradation and restoration; gender and land ownership; climate change adaptation and land resilience; ecosystem services and land management; land conflicts and dispute resolution; land-based investments and governance; monitoring and evaluation of land-related SDGs; land administration; zero hunger (SDG 2); life on land (SDG 15); reduced inequalities (SDG 10); climate action (SDG 13)
(This special issue belongs to the Section Land Socio-Economic and Political Issues)
New Insights in Soil Quality and Management in Karst Ecosystem II
edited by , Fen Huang, and
submission deadline 30 Aug 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 2032 | Submission Open
Keywords: soil quality; karst landforms; soil erosion; land-use; assessment and monitoring method of soil quality
(This special issue belongs to the Section Soil-Sediment-Water Systems)
Sustainable Agricultural Land Management towards a Net-Zero Pathway
edited by , and Xin Yang
submission deadline 30 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 904 | Submission Open
Keywords: sustainable agricultural land use management; greenhouse gas emissions mitigation; food security; climate change
(This special issue belongs to the Section Water, Energy, Land and Food (WELF) Nexus)
Agricultural Land Management to Meet Future Global Food Demand (Second Edition) submission deadline 30 Aug 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 891 | Submission Open
Keywords: sustainable land management; food security; agricultural intensification; crop diversification; agricultural adaptations to climate change
(This special issue belongs to the Section Land Socio-Economic and Political Issues)
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