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Special Issue "Water and Nutrient Balance, Flow/Loading Dynamics in Forest System"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2019).
Dr. Devendra M. Amatya Website E-Mail
PhD, PE, Research Hydrologist, USDA Forest Service, Center for Forested Wetlands Research, Cordesville, South Carolina, USA
Interests: Forest and Wetland Hydrology; Surface and groundwater interaction; Evapotranspiration; Water and Watershed Management; Water Quality; Hydrology Modeling; Remote Sensing
Dr. Jamie E. Nettles Website E-Mail
PhD, Research Hydrologist, Weyerhaeuser Company, Columbus, Mississippi, USA
Interests: Water Quality; Ecosystem Ecology; Water Resources Management; Soil and Water Conservation Forest Ecology; Watershed Hydrology; Integrated Water Resources Management; Surface Hydrology; Evapotranspiration
Dr. Mohamed Youssef Website E-Mail
PhD, Associate Professor, Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Interests: Environment; Water Quality; Environmental Impact Assessment; Soil; Hydrology Geochemistry; Hydrologic and Water Resource Modeling and Simulation; Groundwater; Engineering Geology Nitrogen; Hydrogeology; Surface Water; Denitrification; Soil Carbon
Forests are an integral component of the landscape, and maintaining their functional integrity is fundamental for the sustainability of ecosystems and societies alike. Forests play an important role in regulating the regional, continental, and global hydrologic and nutrient cycles and patterns. Forests in headwaters, as well as downstream riparian systems, affect net ecosystem water balance, carbon sequestration, and greenhouse gas emissions, mitigating and being modified by climate change. Anthropogenic and natural disturbances to forest ecosystems may alter water and nutrient balances in ways that affect biodiversity, water quality, and human health as well as the global climate. Fossil fuel reduction efforts may drive cellulosic-based bioenergy crop production in managed forests, altering water and nutrient balance as well as biodiversity, but only a limited information is available in the literature. Similarly, extreme weather conditions including large amount and high intensity precipitation events and their shifting seasonal dynamics and droughts, as a result of changing climatic pattern, will affect water and nutrient export, yet possible effects are poorly understood. Long-term studies are critical for detecting the deviations in water and nutrient balances and predicting trajectories following natural or management-related shifts in vegetation conditions.
We are, therefore, inviting manuscripts reporting recent research on forest water and nutrients addressing short and long-term interactions and impacts using innovative monitoring, novel data analysis, and advanced modeling techniques.
Dr. Devendra M. Amatya
Dr. Jamie E. Nettles
Dr. Mohamed Youssef
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- Water quality
- Silvicultural operations
- Nutrient concentrations
- Surface and subsurface flow and loading
- Biogeochemical processes
- Extreme Precipitation
- Anthropogenic and Natural disturbance
- Hydrology and water quality modeling