Special Issue "Cropland Carbon"

A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Assis. Prof. Ritvik Sahajpal
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Guest Editor
Department of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20782, USA
Tel. +1-240-758-3925
Interests: environmental science; agriculture; biofuels; carbon; land use

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Ensuring global food security relies partly on increasing the intensity and acreage devoted to agricultural production. While agricultural lands have potentially large CO2 offset capacities, agricultural activities, including farm-related land clearing and deforestation contribute to climate change through GHG emissions. Regenerative agriculture (RA) techniques promise to address this dilemma by working to enhance soil and environmental health while maintaining or building on the yield gains in traditional intensive agriculture. This Special Issue will collect the latest research that can improve our understanding of the impact of RA techniques on food production and environment at a variety of scales, characterize cropland carbon cycling, and use modeled and satellite-based Earth Observation (EO) data to effectively monitor crop productivity and C fluxes.

In this Special Issue, we invite papers focusing on, but not limited to, the following topics:

  1. Modeling/mapping of C fluxes in RA ecosystems
  2. Evaluating the use of EO data to monitor crop productivity as impacted by management techniques used in RA ecosystems
  3. Understanding the linkages between food security, climate change and soil degradation in traditional agriculture and RA ecosystems.
  4. Establishing baseline spatio-temporal datasets on RA management practices such as no-till, biochar, etc.

Assis. Prof. Ritvik Sahajpal
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Land is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • Cropland carbon
  • climate change
  • EO data
  • regenerative agriculture
  • C cycle

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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