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Special Issue "Ecohydrologic Feedbacks Between Vegetation, Soil, and Climate"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019.
College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Natural Resources, University of Nevada-Reno, Reno, NV, 89557, USA
Interests: soil physics, soil erosion, land degradation and water quality, surface and subsurface hydrology, environmental sensing and monitoring, soil quality and environmental sustainability, modeling and computational tools in soil erosion and hydrology
Patchy attributes of water-limited lands provide unique landscapes for studying the dynamic interaction of structural and functional connectivity that governs hillslope hydrologic and erosion processes. For example, runoff and erosion from well-vegetated landscapes are low due to spatial heterogeneity in infiltration, runoff, and sediment detachment/deposition. Isolated bare patches are sources for runoff and soil detachment by rainsplash and sheetflow. Vegetated patches and ground cover intercept rainfall and overland flow, promote infiltration and sediment and nutrient retention, and protect the soil surface from raindrops and detachment by flow. Plant community degradation often increases runoff and soil loss through the fragmentation of the vegetation and ground cover patch-structure. Such increases in structural and functional connectivity (e.g., woody plant encroachment) often propagate long-term site degradation and are difficult to reverse. Disturbances (e.g., fire, drought) can potentially serve as ecohydrologic threshold reversal mechanisms by which the vegetation structure and ecohydrologic function are reset through ensuing plant community and ecohydrologic dynamics. This Special Issue aims to explore such unique relationships for water-limited landscapes around the globe. We seek papers that examine key ecohydrologic feedbacks between vegetation, soil, and climate and are particularly interested in how such relationships are affected by disturbances, immediate or transitional.
Dr. C. Jason Williams
Assit. Prof. Kossi Nouwakpo
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- woody plant encroachment