Call for Papers on Special Issue Loess Plateau: From degradation to restoration
• 大类 : 环境科学与生态学 - 2区
• 小类 : 环境科学 - 2区
Increasing population, land use change, climate change and economic development have significantly altered semi-arid ecosystem structure and function. Loess Plateau is one of the typical semi-arid regions that has been subject to severe environmental degradation such as soil erosion and water scarcity. Over past twenty years, state-of-the-art management strategies and technical innovations were implemented under Grain for Green Project (GFGP), and such measures consequently have made great contributions to alleviate land degradation
The aim of this Special Issue in Science of The Total Environment (STOTEN) is to quantify the effects of vegetation restoration on soil quality, soil fertility, land production, hydrological conditions, ecosystem services and assess the policy implications on ecological management. It will also discuss the significances and problems of under GFGP implementation in Loess Plateau. These achievements form such implementations can assist decision makers in other regions of the world to initiate a sustainable management mode, for example when coping with conflicting environmental and economic development.
The issue will be divided into five sections:
Soil erosion and conservation,focusing on effects of vegetation restoration on soil degradation and soil restoration by observation and modelling at different temporal and spatial scales, as well as the fundamental mechanisms of soil erosion process.
Soil moisturemonitoring and predicting,analyzing the spatial variations of soil water distribution under different vegetation restoration conditions as well as the influencing factors through soil moisture remote sensing and field observation methods at multiple scales.
Runoff variability,identifying the variation of runoff and vegetation restoration impacts on water balance and proposing the water management strategies under land use change scenarios.
Ecosystem services andpolicy implications,presenting spatial distributions of supply and demand on multiple ecosystem service and stakeholders’ perceptions on regulating and cultural ecosystem services, as well as developing the integrated assessment framework to support sustainable policy decisions.