Special Issue "Multiple-Scale Geodiversity: Determination, Classification and Implications"

A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X). This special issue belongs to the section "Land Systems and Global Change".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Hezi Yizhaq
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Guest Editor
Department of Solar Energy and Environmental Physics, BIDR, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Sede Boqer Campus 8499000, Beer Sheva 84101, Israel
Interests: pattern formation; non-linear dynamics; ecohydrology; aeolian geomorpholgy; spatial ecology
Prof. Dr. Ilan Stavi
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Guest Editor

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Geodiversity is defined as the natural heterogeneity of geological, geomorphic, and soil characteristics, and demonstrates the complexity of natural systems. Spatial scales in studies on geodiversity have usually ranged between watershed and vegetation patchiness. Many studies have assessed the impact of geodiversity on biodiversity, and particularly on vegetation diversity. Other studies have focused on the impact of geodiversity on surface processes, with the specific impact on hydrological connectivity and its implications for water overland flow, soil erosion, and hydro-geomorphic functioning. Overall, it seems that geodiversity affects natural cycles, environmental sustainability, and ecosystem services. Recent studies have highlighted the ameliorative impact of geodiversity on the susceptibility of water-limited ecosystems to climatic change. Specifically, recent modelling studies have shown that geodiversity increases the durability and resilience of high-geodiversity ecosystems in long-term drought episodes. Despite being predominantly determined by natural conditions, geodiversity can also be formed by anthropogenic activities. Practically, human-made geodiversity, either intentional or unintentional, can either restore or degrade the ecological functioning of target lands, such as water harvesting systems or trampling routes formed by grazing of domesticated animals. This Special Issue will encompass studies dealing with the entire range of spatial and temporal scales, as well as with all biomes and land uses, where geodiversity is relevant. Field and experimental studies and modeling and conceptual studies are welcomed.

Prof. Dr. Hezi Yizhaq
Prof. Dr. Ilan Stavi
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • climate change
  • water limited systems
  • ecological modelling
  • ecosystem services and functions
  • surface heterogeneity
  • land use and management
  • Natural vs. anthropogenic impact
  • Spatial analysis

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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