Special Issue "Soil Hydrological Processes in Desert Regions"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2022) | Viewed by 19872
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2. College of Natural Resources and Environment, Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University, Yangling 712100, China
Interests: soil physics; soil degradation; saline-alkaline land; hydrological modelling; agricultural productivity
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Interests: soil water–salt transport; desertification control; soil salt crust
Interests: ecohydrology; plant physiology; hydrology and water resouces in drylands
Interests: ecohydrology; restoration ecology; water resouces and cycling in drylands
Soil hydrology is an inter-discipline of soil science and hydrology that mainly focuses on interactive pedologic and hydrologic processes and properties. The Critical Zone is the thin layer of the Earth’s terrestrial surface and near-surface environment and plays fundamental roles in sustaining life and humanity. Desert, a unique ecosystem, becomes a more critical research area in the Earth’s Critical Zone framework but relatively less managed. There is such vast literature suggesting that we could tip the climate to a more humid and productive stage if we could vegetate that desert. Nevertheless, the significance of desert ecosystem management requires supportive and regulatory ecosystem services, ecosystem sustainability, and a feedback loop between ecological and hydrological processes. Although the benefits of reversing desertification, preventing erosion, and providing biomass have been recognized, the effects of anthropogenic revegetation on soil water and carbon cycles, among many other soil hydrogical processes, are still poorly understood. This Special Issue is open to advanced desert research on control of land degradation and desertification, climate and soil–water interactions, soil–plant–water–biota processes, the biogeochemical process for C and nutrient cycling, management of desert–oasis ecotone, critical zone observatories, and desert evolution and environment. We wish to compile research works that will show state-of-the-art and recent, cutting-edge research achievements. Theoretical, methodological, and study case papers are welcome.
Prof. Ying Zhao
Dr. Jianguo Zhang
Prof. Jianhua Si
Dr. Jie Xue
Prof. Zhongju Meng
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- C and nutrient cycling
- terrestrial ecosystem