Research on Soil Erosion and Sediment Transport in Catchment, 2nd Edition

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Soil and Water".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (25 May 2024) | Viewed by 148

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Department of Agricultural Science, Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria, Via dell'Università, 25, 89124 Reggio Calabria, Italy
Interests: runoff; erosion; water conservation; agricultural water management; agricultural hydraulics; riparian vegetation dynamics; river sediment transport; river geomorphology
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Dear Colleagues,

Soil is the fragile skin that anchors all life on Earth. The transition to agriculture from natural vegetation together with the intensification of meteorological drivers can increase soil erosion beyond the soil’s ability to maintain itself. This implies effects on catchment dynamics, increasing sediment transport and promoting the sudden occurrence of flash floods. Rivers and streams play a key role within the sediment cascade by transferring and buffering fluxes between mountain reaches and areas and downstream alluvial environments. This activity is strongly related to (i) the quick hydrological responses typical of upland environments in conjunction with (ii) sediment availability. Sediment production naturally fluctuates in time depending on various factors such as climate and land‐use change, particularly concerning vegetation cover and human interventions.

Catchment dynamics also affect coastal morphology dynamics via the beach nourishment process, and their study should be conducted according to the watershed–coast continuum (WCC) concept. The balance between the local deposition of sediment delivered by the watershed and their mobilization by sea action can determine the advancement or retreat of the coast. There is an increasing need to recognize and quantify human impacts on soil loss and catchment sediment delivery from both a scientific point of view and a conservation perspective. In the context of global warming/climate change and anthropogenic activities, hydrological processes in the river basin, a better understanding of soil erosion processes and catchment dynamics allows for the promotion of the proper design of landscape and river planning. For this purpose, the availability of predictive models to assess surface runoff and sediment delivery in catchments and their effect on coastal morphology evolution can contribute to planning and implementing catchment management strategies for the mitigation of hydraulic risk.

This Special Issue will focus on the following relevant topics:

  • Soil erosion processes in farmland and forest areas;
  • Impacts of climate change on sediment production;
  • Conservative soil management practices;
  • Remote sensing in erosion process detection;
  • Precision agriculture in soil management practices;
  • Sediment erosion and deposition processes in catchments;
  • Impacts of floods on sediment dynamics and on morphological changes;
  • Effects of engineering control works on sediment flux and connectivity;
  • Regulated catchments and coastal dynamics;
  • Hydrological models for sediment yield.

Dr. Giuseppe Bombino
Guest Editor

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  • soil conservation
  • hydrological modeling
  • sediment flux
  • erosion processes
  • channel morphology
  • river regulation and fluvial processes
  • check dams impacts
  • watershed–coast continuum

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