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Environmentally Sustainable and Water Engineering: Arid and Semiarid Hydrology and Sediment Transport

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Sustainability and Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 324

Special Issue Editors

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Environmental Engineering Program, Soil Conservation Engineering Laboratory, Agronomy Department, Rural Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife 52171-900, Brazil
Interests: arid and semiarid hydrology, sediment transport in arid and semiarid rivers: suspended sediment and bedload; environmental landscape sustainability: water, soil, and plants; hydraulics in the semiarid landscape; resistance generated by vegetation under moving flow in fluvial environments

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Agricultural Engineering Department, Universidade Federal do Ceara, Fortaleza 60020-181, Brazil
Interests: sediment transport; regional planning; hydrodynamic modeling; hydraulic engineering; erosion sediment dynamics; hydrological modeling surface and watershed hydrology; water balance

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The landscapes from semiarid and arid environments can change and are frequently in an inflection point for the development of the environment, even more from a climate change perspective. Soils, plants, and water are connected in arid and semiarid environments. In this sense, the rainfall patterns and their consequences generate flow in hillslopes, and the sediment flux consists of bedload and suspended sediment on the fluvial systems, drawing and building the landscape from the geomorphologic past to the present and the possible new environments. The linkage between the geomorphologic past and the current landscape can be established through the transport phenomenon on watershed hillslopes and the fluvial sediment transport rates, as well as the lateral connectivity of the water surface and sediment discharge through hydrologic parameters. Therefore, the connectivity between the transport phenomenon in the watershed hillslopes and sediment transport rates may link issues such as lateral flow to natural resistance soils to the water surface, which address all soil erodibility of the watershed working together against the surface flow and the soil cover promoted by crops (soil–vegetation complex) that generates resistance/impedance to lateral sediment transport (bedload and suspended sediment) delivered at the drainage system, and in the significant watershed channel (river). In this direction, water and sediment engineering tools can help us to understand and work toward a sustainable arid and semiarid world. We invite all researchers working with sediment transport and hydrology in arid and semiarid environments to submit scientific articles to this Special Issue of the Sustainability journal.

Dr. Jose Ramon Barros Cantalice
Prof. Dr. José Carlos De Araújo
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  • shear stress
  • bedload
  • suspended sediment flux
  • hydrological connectivity
  • landscape connectivity
  • hydrological variability

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