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Special Issue "Water-Soil-Vegetation Dynamic Interactions in Changing Climate"
A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2017).
Assoc. Prof. Xixi Wang Website E-Mail
Civil and Environmental Engineering, Old Dominion University, Norfolk 23529, USA
Interests: effects of climate change versus human activity on water resources; evaporation from water-limited soils; water-soil-vegetation interactions in changing climate; urban stormwater management using low impact devices (LIDs); watershed hydrology and best management practices (BMPs)
Dr. Xuefeng Chu Website E-Mail
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, North Dakota State University , Dept 2470, PO Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108-6050, USA
Interests: watershed hydrologic and environmental modeling; hydrotopographic analysis and modeling; integrated modeling of flow and contaminant transport in surface and subsurface environments; non-point source pollution and environmental assessment
Prof. Dr. Tingxi Liu E-Mail
College of Water Conservancy and Civil Engineering, Inner Mongolia Agricultural University, Hohhot, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region 010018, China
Prof. Dr. Xiangju Cheng E-Mail
School of Civil Engineering and Transportation, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province 510641, China
Water, soil, and vegetation are the key elements in the Earth’s system. Their dynamic interactions affect, and are affected by, anthropogenic activity (e.g., grazing, farming, or urbanization) and climate change. For a given area, inappropriate land management practices can result in soil and vegetation degradation, which, in turn, will inevitably alter natural hydrologic processes. The possible consequences are more severe flooding, drought, and pollution of lakes and streams. On the other hand, an altered hydrologic condition tends to prompt soil erosion through wind and water, which, in turn, can cause further vegetation degradation or even loss. Such interactions will likely become more interwoven in changing climate because the non-stationary climate, superimposed on human interventions, can further deteriorate the already-altered hydrologic condition. With this regard, our understanding is very limited with few algorithms and parameterization schemes that can be used to account for these dynamic interactions. As a result, existing models were poorly designed to represent such important dynamic interactions. We invite authors to submit original field-experimental and modeling studies, as well as review articles that address: (1) interrelations between hydrologic alteration and soil and/or vegetation degradation with climate change as a possible additional factor; and (2) consequences from the alternation of natural hydrology in rural and urban environment.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
- Development or application of mathematical models and/or algorithms that link hydrologic processes with soil properties and vegetation characteristics;
- Examination of how, and to what extent, natural hydrologic processes have been altered by human activity versus climate change;
- Examination of how climate change and human activity affect soil water flow and transport processes;
- Analysis of threshold conditions for soil and land degradation to incept;
- Examination of physical mechanisms of heat-water-vapor movement and transformation in soils with a top dry layer;
- Examination of climate change effects on water-soil-vegetation interactions;
- Study of the fate and transport of pollutants in streams and lakes from altered hydrology.
Dr. Xixi Wang
Dr. Xuefeng Chu
Prof. Dr. Tingxi Liu
Prof. Dr. Xiangju Cheng
Dr. Rich Whittecar
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