Land Degradation Risks: Key Topics to be faced over the world (Special issue for 2023)

21-04-2022

Land Degradation Risks: Key Topics to be faced over the world (Special issue for 2023)

Guest Editors

Jesús Rodrigo-Comino. Departamento de Análisis Geográfico Regional y Geografía Física, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Campus Universitario de Cartuja, Universidad de Granada, 18071 Granada, España. Mail: jesusrc@ugr.es

Mohammad Reza Rahdari. Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resource, University of Torbat Heydarieh, Torbat Heydarieh, Iran.

Safwan Mohammed. Institution of Land Utilization, Technology and Regional Planning, University of Debrecen, 4032 Debrecen, Böszörményi út 138, Hungary.

Luca Salvati. Department of Economics and Law, University of Macerata, Via Armaroli 43, I-62100 Macerata, Italy.

Land degradation (LD) threats biodiversity, soil fertility, food and water security and rural/urban economies. New policies must support new strategies and management to reduce key processes such as erosion, soil and water pollution or loss of biodiversity. Assessing that new and alternative management will contribute to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and land degradation neutrality. Dramatic land degradation processes from the hillslope to the catchment scale are being assessed in many regions of the world. Direct measurements, experimental approaches and models demonstrate that LD is a challenge for humankind. Although the scientific literature shows that LD processes are well-understood in some areas, there is a lack of information about how land uses, climate scenarios and soil-water management at different scales affect other wide range of non-studied territories.

This special issue aims to join investigations in-depth analyzed to understand past and present or even prospects of LD processes using modelling techniques with GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and in situ measurements or experimental approaches. In addition, review papers or commentaries dealing with how LD processes affect human and natural ecosystems or how to face them are also welcome. Interdisciplinary approaches will be developed based on economic, social, perception and biophysical data.

Some examples of LD processes  and main topics that can fall within this scope are:

  • Soil degradation (erosion, sealing, pollution, etc.)
  • Soil quality indicators and land-use changes
  • Land consumption and land amelioration
  • Data monitoring and evaluation instruments
  • Tools and strategies to achieve Land Degradation Neutrality