Special Issue "Rainfall Erosivity in Soil Erosion Processes"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2019).
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
Interests: climate history; geostatistics; hydrological modelling; precipitation extremes; soil erosion; water resources management
Interests: agricultural and environmental climatology; biogeochemical fluxes; hydro-meteorology
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The challenges that soils are facing today imply that aspects related to the intensifying precipitation cycle, such as rainfall erosivity, cannot be ignored. Large portions of land in the world are exposed to multiple damaging hydrological events. They include destructive phenomena like landslides and floods, which cause disruption to people and goods. Climate and land-use changes are the primary causes of accelerated soil erosion, which has substantial implications for macro- and micro-nutrient transformations in soils and water, and for the control of terrestrial carbon feedback. Data and modelling approaches are still scarce on how changes in the spatial and temporal features of rainfall patterns influence the magnitude and timing of erosive storms, which in turn results in changes in the landscape response.
There appears to be rich potential for innovative research for variable spatial and temporal scales at the interface between geomorphology, hydrogeology, and ecology. This Special Issue plays a major emphasis on the landscape–rainfall interplay as a dynamic concept. We call for contributions that explore (i) how erosive rainfall and soil erosion respond to climatic variability and human activity, and (ii) how such changes explain the changes in carbon and nutrient pools (and their spatial heterogeneity) in terrestrial and water systems. We welcome contributions providing evidence that changing precipitation regimes are altering the risk and magnitude of landscape changes. Contributors are encouraged to show how current process studies can extend the historical erosion records, while unravelling the complex interactions between internal landscape dynamics, human impacts, and changes in precipitation regimes. Contributions should also aim consider issues of land‐use management in addressing the changes and geomorphic process regimes that extreme precipitation can trigger. They should illustrate how climate change impacts can be disentangled from other controlling factors, thereby contributing to debates over societal adaptation to extreme rainfalls towards developing more resilient, less vulnerable socio‐geomorphological systems.
Dr. Nazzareno Diodato
Dr. Gianni Bellocchi
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- climate variability
- land management
- landscape response
- rainfall erosivity
- soil erosion