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Special Issue "Sustainable Soil Ecosystem Management and Carbon Storage"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2022) | Viewed by 537

Special Issue Editors

Department of Environmental and Natural Resources, Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Campus de Sta Apolónia, 5300-253 Bragança, Portugal
Interests: ecosystem services; effects of human activities on soil physical and chemical properties; soil–plant relationships in forest and agroforestry systems; fire–soil relationships
Department of Environmental and Natural Resources, Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Campus de Sta Apolónia, 5300-253 Bragança, Portugal
Interests: soil and water conservation and management; water erosion processes, soil organic matter and aggregate stability; desertification and land degradation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Anthropic disturbances associated with land use - agriculture, forest stands installation and management, fires - contribute to altering the soil properties and the biogeochemical cycles of many elements, namely the carbon cycle, which in turn have important implications on soil quality and ecosystems services. Soil organic matter loss is currently one of the main threats to soil resource and terrestrial ecosystems sustainability. Since soil is the main carbon reservoir in terrestrial systems and also the implication of organic matter in the biogeochemical cycle of several elements, soil conservation is of the vital importance in mitigating climate change, in soil hydrological processes and biodiversity conservation. Soil organic matter constitutes the key factor of physical, chemical and biological soil fertility

In this sense, the knowledge about the effects produced on soil properties (morphological, physical, chemical, biological), caused by the mechanical techniques applied in the ecosystems management might be used strategically in making better decisions and maintaining the productive and environmental soil functions. Soil quality is an essential factor in the global biosphere support and fundamental in the ecological integrity of ecosystems.

This Special Issue is mainly focused on the soil organic matter and on all factors that interfere with its quantity and quality such as agriculture, agroforestry systems, site preparation to installation forest stands, prescribed fires/wildfires and erosive processes. We welcome research articles, reviews, and communications on topics that relate the soil ecosystem management with soil properties linked with soil organic matter or with ecosystems services.

Prof. Dr. Felícia Fonseca
Prof. Dr. Tomás de Figueiredo
Guest Editors

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  • soil ecosystem management
  • soil ecosystems services
  • biogeochemical cycles
  • carbon cycle
  • soil conservation
  • organic matter

Published Papers

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