Special Issue "Challenges and Solutions for Sustainable Land: Soil Quality and Contamination"

A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X). This special issue belongs to the section "Soil-Sediment-Water Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 22 January 2024 | Viewed by 219

Special Issue Editors

North Florida Research and Education Center, University of Florida, Quincy, FL 32351, USA
Interests: forest soils and management; tropical/subtropical; soils; soil ecosystem services; soil organic carbon management
National Research Council of Italy (IRSA-CNR), Water Research Institute, Rome, Italy
Interests: microbial soils; soil; rivers; ecology; soil analysis; pesticides
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Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
Interests: soil; soil and plant properties; agriculture; soil water content and crop water use
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Soil degradation represents the decline in the soil’s ability to deliver its ecosystem services. It modifies the soil's ability to support both plant and animal life and can be documented through defining the soil’s quality. Land contamination or soil pollution is another major soil-based concern found in all four corners of the world with different levels of severity.  Europe, Eurasia, Asia, and North Africa can present some of the most acute circumstances. Human activity, such as unsustainable agriculture methods, mining, waste disposal, and industrial operations, can lead to soil degradation and contamination. Pollution and degradation of soil have serious effects on both the environment and human health. Governments, organizations, communities, and individuals must work closely to improve soil quality and its ability to deliver ecosystem services. Ecosystem restoration, pollution reduction, and sustainable agriculture are only some of the methods available to increase soil health and thereby affect ecosystem and human health.

Soil contamination is a complex problem that requires joint measures from governments, institutions, communities, and individuals to improve soil health and quality in a sustainable way. The goal of this Special Issue is to collect papers (original research articles and review papers) to give insights into the clean-up and remediation of soil contamination, the reduction in chemical use, the application of reforestation and afforestation, recycling and reuse of resources, promotion of biodiversity, and prevention of littering.

This Special Issue will welcome manuscripts that link the following themes:

  • Soil quality monitoring, assessment, and soil ecosystem services;
  • Ways of preventing soil quality decline;
  • Preventing, minimizing, and remediating of soil contamination;
  • Sustainable solutions for enhancing soil quality;
  • The effect of different land use types on soil quality.

We look forward to receiving your original research articles and reviews.

Prof. Dr. Nick B. Comerford
Dr. Paola Grenni
Dr. Dongxue Zhao
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Land is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • soil quality
  • soil contamination
  • soil degradation
  • land degradation
  • sustainable land

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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