Special Issue "Research on Cold Regions Hydrology"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Anita Thompson
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Guest Editor
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, United States
Interests: Influence of wintertime processes (e.g. snow cover and freeze-thaw cycling) and land management on soil physical properties & erodibility, and surface & subsurface nutrient dynamics.
Prof. Debasmita Misra
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Guest Editor
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, United States
Interests: Thermodynamics of flow and transport through porous media and dynamics of soil-water-ice in porous media impacting ecosystems and infrastructure.
Dr. Francisco J. Arriaga
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Guest Editor
University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, United States
Interests: Management practices for soil and water quality improvement in agroecosystems of cold temperate landscapes, with an emphasis on soil hydrology and physical properties.

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Climate change is impacting the fluvial, glacial and lacustrine hydrology and the soil-water-ice dynamics in parts of the northern hemisphere where the winter temperatures dip below freezing. Change in precipitation and evapotranspiration rates and freezing degree-days are inducing rapid changes in runoff, erosion, agricultural development, landscape evolution and impact on existing infrastructures. Shift in snow cover, soil thermodynamics and freeze-thaw cycling influence physico-chemical environmental processes and present unique challenges for ecosystem and infrastructure management and water quality sustenance. This special issue invites contributions in three thematic areas related to cold regions hydrology: 1) Snow, ice and surface water; 2) Soil, sediments and groundwater systems; and 3) Physical modelling and advanced learning processes.

Prof. Anita Thompson
Prof. Debasmita Misra
Dr. Francisco J. Arriaga
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Precipitation
  • Evapotranspiration
  • Climate Change
  • Snow
  • Glacier
  • Lake
  • Frozen soil
  • Freeze-thaw
  • Surface water
  • Groundwater
  • Erosion
  • Infrastructure
  • Topographic changes
  • Modeling

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An Overview of Crop and Crop Residue Management Impacts on Crop Water Use and Runoff in the Canadian Prairies
Water 2021, 13(20), 2929; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13202929 - 19 Oct 2021
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Although crop and crop residue management practices are mainly used for increasing crop yield, they and the resulting changes in crop growth affect one or more hydrological components, including runoff. Based on published research in the Canadian Prairies, this paper reviews the effects [...] Read more.
Although crop and crop residue management practices are mainly used for increasing crop yield, they and the resulting changes in crop growth affect one or more hydrological components, including runoff. Based on published research in the Canadian Prairies, this paper reviews the effects of crop type, quantity of crops and crop residues, crop variability within landscapes, tillage, and stubble management practices on crop water use (termed including evaporation, transpiration and interception), snow trapping, and water infiltration, with the aim to discuss major impacts of crop and residue management on runoff. Rainfall runoff is influenced by rain interception and crop water use, and it can be reduced by choosing appropriate crop types, increasing above-ground biomass, or increasing coverage on the soil surface, activities which coincide with the farmer’s efforts of increasing crop productivity. However, although high stubble and reduced tillage for maintaining good residue cover help conserve soil moisture and improve soil health, they increase snowmelt runoff potential. The review emphasizes the need of future research to assess the agronomic and environmental trade-offs of crop residue management, the linkage between crop water use and runoff, and the impacts of crop and residue management on runoff across various temporal and spatial scales. Full article
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