Special Issue "Soil and Water Management Challenges & Solutions for Sustainable Agriculture under Climate Change"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Wildlife".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 April 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Gabrijel Ondrasek
Guest Editor
Department of Soil Amelioration, Faculty of Agriculture University of Zagreb, Zagreb, 10000, Croatia, EU
Interests: agroecosystems, sustainable soil and water management, Cd soil-plant transfer, salinization

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Terrestrial agroecosystems are dominant food generators and pivotal utilizers of the most valuable Earth’s resources, notably quality waters and soils, which have been exposed to various anthropogenic pressures for decades, constraining agri-food production. Consequently, a majority of arable pedosphere constrains (salinity/alkalinity, acidity, nutrient deficiency, contamination), and specific management strategies for their amelioration (leaching, drainage, liming, fertilization, bioremediation) are closely linked to appropriate water management in the (sub)surface soil (root) zone. However, optimizing water relations in the arable pedosphere is becoming increasingly challenging due to global climate change and variability. Modern sustainable strategies and approaches to ameliorate suboptimal water conditions (mostly insufficient supply, but waterlogging periodically as well) should be directed toward more efficient management of natural resources given strong competition among related stakeholders in agroecosystems (farmers, urban population, energy-producers).     

For this Special Issue all manuscripts that contain novel science or management and represent a significant contribution within the scope will be considered for publication. All water, soil, land and other environmental resource management approaches, improvements or solutions relevant to agroecosystems and food production at (inter)national, regional or even global level, as well as specific case studies, are welcome.

Prof. Dr. Gabrijel Ondrasek
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • agroecosystem
  • agroforestry
  • climate changes
  • conservation agriculture
  • drainage systems
  • draughts
  • footprints in agriculture
  • global warming
  • irrigation systems
  • phytonutrients management
  • precision agriculture
  • salinity
  • soil constrains
  • soil-plant water relations
  • water footprint
  • water (re)use
  • water scarcity
  • water stress
  • water use efficiency
  • waterlogging

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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