Soil Security of Peatland Ecosystems: Risk Assessment, Pollution Prevention and Restoration

A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X). This special issue belongs to the section "Soil-Sediment-Water Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 26 April 2024 | Viewed by 292

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Department of Environmental Science, University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia
Interests: peatlands; organic matter; water ecosystems; invasive plants; environmental technologies
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School of Agricultural, Forest, Food and Environmental Sciences, University of Basilicata, 85100 Potenza, Italy
Interests: soil organic matter; environmental science; humic substances; molecular pedology; humeomics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Peatlands with their provided ecosystem services, which can be considered both unique and various, are among the most significant ecosystems. Without the natural support of regulation services and the consideration of the global role of carbon accumulation, humans have utilized peatlands for economic uses such as agriculture, forestry, horticulture, and energy generation, among other uses. These applications can cause major ecosystem disturbances, which occur at a different magnitude from that of human activities and the local conditions. Since peatlands are located in various climatic zones, their properties, vulnerability, and influencing factors are different not only due to anthropogenic activities, but also due to their geographic conditions. Therefore, to enable sustainable biomass usage and perform a successful risk assessment of peatlands, a deep understanding of their restoration functionality is essential. For the above reasons, we introduce this Special Issue: “Soil Security of Peatland Ecosystems: Risk Assessment, Pollution Prevention and Restoration”.

The goal of this Special Issue is to collect papers (original research articles and review papers) that give insights into peatland ecosystems, their sustainable usage, and their role in carbon cycling, as well as those that study restoration technologies and provide a risk assessment of potential influences and anthropogenic activities.

This Special Issue will welcome manuscripts that link the following themes:

  • Peatland ecosystems and their services;
  • Peat soils;
  • Peatland restoration;
  • Peatland role in carbon sequestration;
  • Peatland degradation;
  • Peatland ecosystems in climate change;
  • Water quality and cycling, and their role in wetlands;
  • Pollution prevention in peatlands;
  • Risk assessment.

We look forward to receiving your original research articles and reviews.

Dr. Oskars Purmalis
Dr. Marios Drosos
Guest Editors

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  • peatlands
  • soil security
  • restoration
  • peatland ecosystems
  • water regime of peatlands

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