Special Issue "Soil Rehabilitation Due to Land Uses"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Sciences".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 March 2024 | Viewed by 118

Special Issue Editors

Department of Environmental, Geoinformatics, and Urban Planning Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheba 8410501, Israel
Interests: geomorphology; soil erosion; aeolian processes; dust sources and emissions; arid soils under human activities; sand transport and land formation; boundary-layer wind tunnel experiments; dust storms and air pollution
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Institute of Soil, Water, and Environmental Sciences, ARO, Volcani Center, Rishon Lezion 7505101, Israel
Interests: soil and water conservation; soil structure and aggregates stability; irrigation with various water qualities; surface runoff and soil erosion; soils salinity; sodicity and contamination
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Rapid growth of the global population, with an increase in food demand leads to extensive uses of the soil resource in agriculture, mining, deforestation, infrastructure development, and urbanization. This extensive use could cause changes in the physical, chemical, hydraulic, and biological properties of the soils, injurious the degraded bio-productivity and fertility, and increase their contamination, salinization, and disaggregation. Consequently, soil erosion by water and wind could increase. There is high concern regarding these processes also because of the expected climate changes. Therefore, there is a strong interest in improvement, rehabilitation, reclamation, and modification of abandoned and degraded soils. This Special Issue on soil rehabilitation invites novel and original articles based on physical and chemical theories, field and laboratory experiments, soil analyses, and/or statistical and mathematical modeling that can advance our knowledge on these important issues.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Mechanisms responsible for soil structure stability and destruction;
  • Monitoring and improving the soils health, fertility, and productivity;
  • Preventing soil erosion by water and/or wind forces;
  • Indicators for soil rehabilitation;
  • Soil ecosystem services;
  • Geodiversity in soil management;
  • Organic and mineral waste recycling;
  • Sustainable soil management.

Prof. Dr. Itzhak Katra
Prof. Dr. Meni Ben-Hur
Guest Editors

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  • climate change
  • desertification
  • ecosystem
  • erodibility
  • land use
  • soil aggregates
  • soil erosion
  • soil quality
  • sustainability
  • subsoil
  • topsoil

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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