Special Issue "Soil and Water Conservation in Agricultural and Forestry Systems"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2019).
Interests: soil erosion; soil water content; runoff yield; sediment connectivity; predicting models; nutrient delivery; soil organic carbon; land use change; cover crops; woody crops; forest plantation
Interests: soil moisture; vegetation restoration; soil erosion; plant and soil interaction; soil and water conservation
The conservation of soil and water resources is a key aspect for the economic and environmental sustainability of all types of agricultural and forestry systems. Soil erosion is one of the main threats to soil and water conservation, and numerous studies deal with this topic using field and modelling approaches. Cover crops in woody crops, such as vineyards, olive, almond and citrus groves, and reduced tillage in cereal fields provide environmental-friendly alternatives to conventional tillage for land management. Hydrologic and geomorphic studies in natural forestry areas and forest plantations are necessary to assess the impact of natural- and human-induced heterogeneities, such as climate variability, vegetation reconstruction, abandoned fields and timber activities, and thus to propose best management practices. Furthermore, multi-temporal and inter-disciplinary studies can help to investigate the medium- and long-term consequences of good and bad management practices on soil and water conservation.
This Special Issue aims at collecting original and quantitative studies dealing with any technique of soil and water conservation. Studies done under any type of climatic (arid, Mediterranean, temperate, tropical and cold) and topographic conditions, land use and management practices are welcome, particularly manuscripts where conservation policies are evaluated.
Dr. Manuel López-Vicente
Prof. Dr. Gao-Lin Wu
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- Soil erosion
- Cover crop
- Reduced tillage
- Vegetation reconstruction
- Timber activities
- Land abandonment
- Conservation policies
- Modelling approaches
- Long-term evaluation