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Special Issue "Soil Hydrology in Agriculture"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 April 2019).
Prof. Antonio Coppola Website E-Mail
School of Agricultural, Forestry, Food and Environmental Sciences (SAFE), Hydraulics Division, University of Basilicata, Potenza, Italy
Interests: soil hydrology; water and solute preferential flow; stochastic approaches; numerical modelling, irrigation at field and district scale; proximal sensing; soil salinity management
Knowing the hydrological behavior of soils is essential for managing and protecting agricultural (and natural) ecosystems. Soil hydrological behavior determines crop responses to water and nutrients provided by irrigation and fertilization. Soil hydrology also controls deep percolation fluxes of water and nutrients, as well as water and nutrient runoff. Thus, it impacts the quality of soil, surface and groundwater resources.
The use of process-based soil-plant-atmosphere models relating soil hydrology to crop growth, combined with advanced techniques (e.g., ICT technologies, proximal and remote sensing, data assimilation) enables the development of Decision Support Systems to be used for quantifying the effect of alternative farm management decisions, as well as crop yield responses to either drought or saline conditions as affected by climatic change. This, in turn, allows a site-specific management of spatially variable soil (Agriculture 4.0.)
It is thus evident that soil hydrology is a key factor in food security and sustainable development goals (i.e., SDG2).
Given these considerations, the objective of this Special Issue is to encourage the submission of manuscripts on the interaction of soil hydrology and agriculture in seeking effective management of water and nutrients. We welcome contributions integrating monitoring and modeling components at applicative scales, from field to district scales.
The Special Issue will deal with the following major topics:
- Soil hydrology, water uptake and crop response;
- Soil hydrology and irrigation management from field to district scale;
- Soil hydrology and nutrient management.
Specific topics will include (not exhaustively):
- Monitoring and modeling of the interactions between soil hydrological, plant and atmosphere processes, and agricultural management practices;
- Soil hydrology for irrigation and fertilizer management, including non-conventional water resources;
- Soil hydrology and soil tillage;
- Monitoring and modeling root growth and uptake of water and nutrients;
- The role of soil hydrology in scheduling irrigation at district scale, under conditions of spatially variable soils;
- Site-specific management related to spatially variable soil hydrological behavior.
- Carbon, nitrogen and phosphate dynamics in agricultural soils.
Dr. Angelo Basile
Prof. Antonio Coppola
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Soil hydrology
- Soil salinity
- Nutrients management
- Numerical modelling
- Soil-Plant-Atmosphere continuum
- Proximal and Remote Sensing