Special Issue "Impact of Farmland Abandonment on Water Resources and Soil Conservation"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2019).
Interests: catchment hydrology; soil erosion and sediment transfer; farmland abandonment; mountain areas; natural resources
Interests: catchment hydrology; soil erosion and sediment yield; geomorphological dynamics; global change; badlands, afforestation; Mediterranean area
Farmland abandonment is one of the major land use changes in many rural territories, especially in mountainous regions. Without intervention (passive land management), farmland abandonment leads to an expansion of shrubs and forest on formerly cultivated hillslopes and grazing areas. In some cases, extensive afforestation programs have been undertaken by forest services to improve the use of abandoned land as a resource and to control hydrological and soil erosion processes. In other cases, shrub clearing in selected abandoned land has been conducted in order to generate pastures and reduce wildfire risk.
All these land use changes affect the hydrological and geomorphological dynamics of slopes and channels, with important implications for water resources and soil conservation. In some regions, this is particularly critical since abandoned areas are usually located in the uplands, which are the main sources of water for the lowlands, where the demands are concentrated. However, the heterogeneity of abandoned scenarios makes the assessment of farmland abandonment on water resources and soil conservation challenging.
In this Special Issue we would like to invite papers that look into the hydrological and geomorphological consequences of farmland abandonment in one (or several) of these abandoned scenarios. This topic can be studied at different spatial scales (plot, catchment, regional), and they are all welcome. Our final purpose is to help water and land managers to select the most sustainable strategy (in terms of water resources and soil conservation) for the land management of marginal rural areas.
Dr. Noemí Lana-Renault
Dr. Estela Nadal Romero
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Erik Cammeraat
Dr. José Ángel Llorente
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- land use change
- farmland abandonment
- mountain area
- water resources
- soil conservation
- land management