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Recent International Soil and Water Conservation Research Articles

Recently published articles from International Soil and Water Conservation Research.

Effect of conservation structures on curbing rill erosion in micro-watersheds, northwest Ethiopia

September 2019
Ermias Debie | Kailash N. Singh | Mehretie Belay

Accelerated soil erosion by water is a critical problem in Ethiopia, where population is rapidly growing and extensive farming systems are very common with no or less preventive measures. The study...

Using the USLE: Chances, challenges and limitations of soil erosion modelling

September 2019
Christine Alewell | Pasquale Borrelli | Katrin Meusburger | Panos Panagos

To give soils and soil degradation, which are among the most crucial threats to ecosystem stability, social and political visibility, small and large scale modelling and mapping of soil erosion is inevitable....

Effects of rice husk biochar on selected soil properties and nitrate leaching in loamy sand and clay soil

September 2019
Mohammad Ghorbani | Hossein Asadi | Sepideh Abrishamkesh

Biochar is a product of pyrolysis of biomass in the absence of oxygen and has a high potential to sequester carbon into more stable soil organic carbon (OC). Despite the large number of studies on biochar...

Technosols on mining wastes in the subarctic: Efficiency of remediation under Cu-Ni atmospheric pollution

September 2019
Marina V. Slukovskaya | Viacheslav I. Vasenev | Kristina V. Ivashchenko | Dmitry V. Morev | Svetlana V. Drogobuzhskaya | Liubov A. Ivanova | Irina P. Kremenetskaya

The copper-nickel factory's emissions in the Murmansk region, Russia, led to the degradation of plant cover and topsoil with the subsequent formation of industrial barrens. In this study, the industrial...

Review of remote sensing and geospatial technologies in estimating rooftop rainwater harvesting (RRWH) quality

September 2019
Masayu Norman | Helmi Z.M. Shafri | Shattri B. Mansor | Badronnisa Yusuf

Rooftop rainwater harvesting (RRWH) systems can provide low-cost decentralized water to urban and rural households that have no access to treated water. These systems are considered the key strategic...

Assessment of the determinants that influence the adoption of sustainable soil and water conservation practices in Techiman Municipality of Ghana

September 2019
Kwasi Adjepong Darkwah | Joana Deladem Kwawu | Frank Agyire-Tettey | Daniel Bruce Sarpong

This paper assesses the relationship between farmer characteristics and the degree to which nine soil and water conservation practices (SWCPs) are adopted by 300 maize farmers in Techiman Municipality,...

Effect of hysteresis on the stability of residual soil slope

September 2019
Christofer Kristo | Harianto Rahardjo | Alfrendo Satyanaga

Soil-water characteristic curve (SWCC) is an essential parameter in unsaturated soil mechanics. Matric suction in unsaturated residual soils changes with varying climatic conditions associated with...

The effect of hydrogel particle size on water retention properties and availability under water stress

September 2019
Ahmad M. Abdallah

The use of superabsorbent polymers or hydrogels could increase the water holding capacity (WHC) of sandy soil and reduce water loss by deep percolation. However, hydrogels' retained water availability...

Performance of Phragmites Australis and Cyperus Papyrus in the treatment of municipal wastewater by vertical flow subsurface constructed wetlands

September 2019
Fernando García-Ávila | Jhanina Patiño-Chávez | Fanny Zhinín-Chimbo | Silvana Donoso-Moscoso | Lisveth Flores del Pino | Alex Avilés-Añazco

The use of constructed wetlands to treat municipal wastewater reduces energy consumption and therefore economic costs, as well as reduces environmental pollution. The purpose of this study was to compare...

Spatial distribution and source identification of heavy metals (As, Cr, Cu and Ni) at sub-watershed scale using geographically weighted regression

September 2019
Maziar Mohammadi | Abdulvahed Khaledi Darvishan | Nader Bahramifar

Heavy metals are among the most important sources of water and soil pollution. These elements accumulate in the agricultural soil through using contaminated water for irrigation, fertilizers, pesticide...

Using Ecosystem Service Modeler (ESM) for Ecological Quality, Rarity and Risk Assessment of the Wild Goat habitat, in the Haftad-Gholleh protected area

Available online 22 August 2019
Amir Ansari | Mohammad H. Golabi

In recent years, the destruction of habitats has reduced the wild goat population in the Haftad-Gholleh protected area. The wild goat (Capra aegagrus) is known as symbol of biodiversity of Markazi Province....

Improving cover and management factor (C-factor) estimation using remote sensing approaches for tropical regions

Available online 20 August 2019
André Almagro | Thais Caregnatto Thomé | Carina Barbosa Colman | Rodrigo Bahia Pereira | José Marcato | Dulce Buchala Bicca Rodrigues | Paulo Tarso Sanches Oliveira

The Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE)’s cover and management factor (C-factor) is one of the most difficult factors to obtain, mainly because long-term monitoring soil erosion plots under...

Efficacy of wheat straw mulching in reducing soil and water losses from three typical soils of the Loess Plateau, China

Available online 14 August 2019
Abbas E. Rahma | David N. Warrington | Tingwu Lei

Mulching the soil surface with a layer of plant residue is considered an effective method of conserving water and soil because it increases water infiltration into the soil, reduces surface runoff and...

Determinants for adoption of physical soil and water conservation measures by smallholder farmers in Ethiopia

Available online 6 August 2019
Million Sileshi | Reuben Kadigi | Khamaldin Mutabazi | Stefan Sieber

Adoption rates of soil and water conservation measures remain below the expected levels in Ethiopia despite the considerable investments in reducing land degradation and improving soil fertility. This...

Soil genetic erosion: New conceptual developments in soil security

Available online 6 August 2019
Carmelo Dazzi | Giuseppe Lo Papa

In the last decades, in some Mediterranean areas, pedodiversity decreased mainly due to pedotechnique application in large-scale farming that transformed original soils into Anthrosols. Supporting the...

Drought and conflicts at the local level: Establishing a water sharing mechanism for the summer-autumn rice production in Central Vietnam

Available online 4 July 2019
Chuong Van Huynh | Catharien Terwisscha van Scheltinga | Ty Huu Pham | Non Quoc Duong | Phuong Thi Tran | Linh Hoang Khanh Nguyen | Tung Gia Pham | Ngoc Bich Nguyen | Jos Timmerman

In recent years, water for agricultural production gradually became a significant challenge in the context of climate change in Vietnam. Sustainable solutions are required, which consider the use of...

Dynamic study of infiltration rate for soils with varying degrees of degradation by water erosion

June 2019
Yujie Wei | Xinliang Wu | Jinwen Xia | Rubing Zeng | Chongfa Cai | Tianwei Wang

Ultisols, widely distributed in tropical and subtropical areas of south China, are suffering from serious water erosion, however, slope hydrological process for Ultisols under different erosional degradation...

Land use in agricultural landscapes with chernozems contaminated after Chernobyl accident: Can we be confident in radioecological safety of plant foodstuff?

June 2019
Olga Komissarova | Tatiana Paramonova

Agricultural land use in the area of the post-Chernobyl Plavsk radioactive hotspot (Tula region, Central Russia) has raised a problem of radioecological safety of obtained plant foodstuff. Verification...

Trees as large-scale natural phononic crystals: Simulation and experimental verification

June 2019
Jiankun Huang | Yifan Liu | Yaguang Li

Urban trees are usually planted on a periodic layout in the spatial configuration. We regard urban trees as large-scale natural phononic crystals. The entire forest is reduced to a reasonable “tree-soil”...

Persistence in tillage decisions: Aggregate data analysis

June 2019
Dat Q. Tran | Lyubov A. Kurkalova

The Emission Gap Report 2013 from the United Nations Environment Program showed that adopting conservation tillage such as no-till, as an alternative to conventional tillage, contributes significantly...

Postglacial incision-infill cycles at the Borisoglebsk Upland: Correlations between interfluve headwaters and fluvial network

June 2019
Yuliya V. Shishkina | Ekaterina V. Garankina | Vladimir R. Belyaev | Ilya G. Shorkunov | Pavel V. Andreev | Aleksey I. Bondar | Viktoria I. Potapova | Tatiana A. Verlova

The article discusses postglacial landscape transformation in the Northern Hemisphere Middle Pleistocene glaciation area located in the center of the Russian Plain. We attempted to verify the regional...

Use of a calibrated SWAT model to evaluate the effects of agricultural BMPs on sediments of the Kalaya river basin (North of Morocco)

June 2019
Hamza Briak | Rachid Mrabet | Rachid Moussadek | Khadija Aboumaria

Soil erosion from agricultural fields is a worldwide problem, to influence water quality, soil fertility and reservoir sedimentation especially in Mediterranean countries such as Morocco. In fact, this...

Quantitative analysis of morphometry on Ribb and Gumara watersheds: Implications for soil and water conservation

June 2019
Daniel Asfaw | Getachew Workineh

Morphometric analysis is a quantitative measurement and mathematical analysis of landforms. It plays a significant role in understanding the geohydrological characteristics of a drainage basin in relation...

Suspended sediment load prediction using non-dominated sorting genetic algorithm II

June 2019
Mahmoudreza Tabatabaei | Amin Salehpour Jam | Seyed Ahmad Hosseini

Awareness of suspended sediment load (SSL) and its continuous monitoring plays an important role in soil erosion studies and watershed management. Despite the common use of the conventional model of...

Soil loss estimation using rusle model to prioritize erosion control in KELANI river basin in Sri Lanka

June 2019
Cassim Mohamed Fayas | Nimal Shantha Abeysingha | Korotta Gamage Shyamala Nirmanee | Dinithi Samaratunga | Ananda Mallawatantri

Soil erosion contributes negatively to agricultural production, quality of source water for drinking, ecosystem health in land and aquatic environments, and aesthetic value of landscapes. Approaches...

Accuracy of sedimentgraph modeling from topography map scale and DEM mesh size

June 2019
Seyed Hamidreza Sadeghi | Mostafa Moradi Dashtpagerdi | Hamidreza Moradi Rekabdarkoolai | Jeroen M. Schoorl

The evaluation of scale effects on modeling performance of sedimentgraphs as the ultimate outputs of the hydrological simulation is vital for adaptive watershed management. The present study therefore...

Spatial assessment of the areas sensitive to degradation in the rural area of the municipality Čukarica

March 2019
Natalija Momirović | Ratko Kadović | Veljko Perović | Miloš Marjanović | Aleksandar Baumgertel

In this paper, the assessment of the sensitivity of the soil in the rural area of Čukarica municipality to the processes of degradation is considered. Land areas, especially in the vicinity of large...

Impact of mine waters on chemical composition of soil in the Partizansk Coal Basin, Russia

March 2019
Ola Arefieva | Alina V. Nazarkina | Natalya V. Gruschakova | Julia E. Skurikhina | Vera B. Kolycheva

Partizansk Coal Basin, located in the south of the Russian Far Eastern Region, was intensively mined from 1918 until 1998. Although it was mostly explored by underground excavation, the natural landscapes...

The assessment of water-borne erosion at catchment level using GIS-based RUSLE and remote sensing: A review

March 2019
Kwanele Phinzi | Njoya Silas Ngetar

Soil erosion is a direct product of the complex interactions between natural and anthropogenic factors. Such factors vary over space and time, making the assessment of soil erosion even more difficult....

Effects of patchy distributed Artemisia capillaris on overland flow hydrodynamic characteristics

March 2019
Guanhua Zhang | Jiajun Hu

Laboratory-simulated rainfall experiments were conducted to quantify the effects of patchy distributed Artemisia capillaris on overland flow hydrodynamics. Rainfall intensities of 60, 90, 120, and 150 mm h–1...

Modelling surface runoff using the soil conservation service-curve number method in a drought prone agro-ecological zone in Rwanda

March 2019
Dieudonne Uwizeyimana | Stephen M. Mureithi | Simon M. Mvuyekure | George Karuku | Geoffrey Kironchi

Runoff farming is reported to improve land productivity and crop yields in hot and dry climates. This study was conducted to assess the available rainwater that can be harvested in a conserved catchment...

A reference evapotranspiration map for Bosnia and Herzegovina

March 2019
Sabrija Čadro | Salwa Cherni-Čadro | Mihajlo Marković | Jasminka Žurovec

There are three major challenges for climatic data availability for Reference Evapotranspiration (ET0) calculations in Bosnia and Herzegovina: limited data availability, discontinuity of data records,...

The contribution of the European Society for Soil Conservation (ESSC) to scientific knowledge, education and sustainability

March 2019
Carmelo Dazzi | Wim Cornelis | Edoardo A.C. Costantini | Mihail Dumitru | Michael A. Fullen | Donald Gabriels | Raimonds Kasparinskis | Adam Kertész | Giuseppe Lo Papa | Guenola Pérès | Jane Rickson | José L. Rubio | Thomas Sholten | Sid Theocharopoulos | Ivan Vasenev

Soil is an integral component of the global environmental system which supports the quality and diversity of terrestrial life on Earth. Therefore, it is vital to consider the processes and impacts of...

Pisha sandstone: Causes, processes and erosion options for its control and prospects

March 2019
Zhishui Liang | Zhiren Wu | Wenyi Yao | Mohammad Noori | Caiqian Yang | Peiqing Xiao | Yuanbao Leng | Lin Deng

Pisha sandstone is a special kind of soft rock in the semiarid region along the up and middle reaches of Yellow River and Loess Plateau and is severely eroded by wind, rainfall and gravity force. Pisha...

Sustainable land management practices, off-farm work participation and vulnerability among farmers in Ghana: Is there a nexus?

March 2019
Gazali Issahaku | Awal Abdul-Rahaman

Addressing issues of agricultural sustainability and vulnerability to poverty under climate change are major challenges to development in the 21st century. Accounting for the trade-off and synergies...

Prediction of spatial land use changes based on LCM in a GIS environment for Desert Wetlands – A case study: Meighan Wetland, Iran

March 2019
Amir Ansari | Mohammad H. Golabi

Meighan Wetland and its surroundings have undergone many changes in recent years. This study aims to monitor and predict land use changes using the land change model (LCM) module in the Meighan wetland....

Water quality and sediment contamination assessment of Pazarsuyu Stream, Turkey using multivariate statistical methods and pollution indicators

March 2019
Fikret Ustaoğlu | Yalçin Tepe

The spatio-temporal variations of surface water quality and the level of metal contamination in the sediment of Pazarsuyu Stream were determined by using multivariate statistical techniques and pollution...

Combined effect of micro silica with clay, and gypsum as mulches on shear strength and wind erosion rate of sands

Available online 28 March 2019
Fateme Naghizade Asl | Hamid Reza Asgari | Hojat Emami | Mohammad Jafari

Mulching is known as one of the fastest strategies to control wind erosion and sand dunes movement. We hypothesized that mixed micro silica with clay, gypsum and clay-gypsum as mulches will increase...

Runoff and losses of nutrients and herbicides under long-term conservation practices (no-till and crop rotation) in the U.S. Midwest: A variable intensity simulated rainfall approach

December 2018
Javier M. Gonzalez

The U.S. Farm Bill includes conservation practices that benefit both the environment and the farmer. The USDA Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) is a multi-agency effort to assess the efficiency...

Effect of spatial scale on runoff coefficient: Evidence from the Ethiopian highlands

December 2018
Tesfaye Mebrate Lemma | Gizaw Desta Gessesse | Asfaw Kebede Kassa | Desalegn Chemeda Edossa

The runoff coefficient (RC) is the ratio between the runoff and rainfall amounts and is scale dependent, which is due in part to the heterogeneity of watershed characteristics. This study quantified...

Assessment of soil quality indicators under different agricultural land uses and topographic aspects in Central Vietnam

December 2018
Tung Gia Pham | Hung Trong Nguyen | Martin Kappas

Soil quality assessment is valuable for agricultural production. In this research, 155 soil samples at two soil depths were collected from four land use types in an agricultural area of the A Luoi district...

Influence of freeze-only and freezing-thawing cycles on splash erosion

December 2018
Seyed Hamidreza Sadeghi | Mohammad Bagher Raeisi | Zeinab Hazbavi

Soil erosion is recognized as one of the most important types of land degradation in the world particularly in many developing countries like Iran. Water erosion is initiated by splash erosion triggered...

Effect of plastic mulch on crop yield and land degradation in south coastal saline soils of Bangladesh

December 2018
Mohammad Asadul Haque | Muhammad Jahiruddin | Derek Clarke

The experiment was conducted during dry season of 2016 and 2017 at farmer's field of Kalapara Upazila of Patuakhali district, Bangladesh to develop tools to reduce salinity impact in maize and to reduce...

A GIS-based approach for identifying potential sites for harvesting rainwater in the Western Desert of Iraq

December 2018
Ammar Adham | Khamis Naba Sayl | Rasha Abed | Mohamed Arbi Abdeladhim | Jan G. Wesseling | Michel Riksen | Luuk Fleskens | Usama Karim | Coen J. Ritsema

People living in arid and semi-arid areas with highly variable rainfall and unforeseeable periods of droughts or floods are severely affected by water shortages and often have insecure livelihoods....

Conserving natural resources through food loss reduction: Production and consumption stages of the food supply chain

December 2018
Shahla M. Wunderlich | Natalie M. Martinez

Globally, attention has been drawn to the increasingly alarming rates of food loss and waste (FLW) along the food supply chain (FSC) and its contributions to the depletion of the natural resources and...

Integrated soil, water and agronomic management effects on crop productivity and selected soil properties in Western Ethiopia

December 2018
Teklu Erkossa | Timothy O. Williams | Fanuel Laekemariam

Land degradation is a major challenge limiting crop production in Ethiopia. Integrated soil and water conservation is widely applied as a means to reverse the trend and increase productivity. This study...

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