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Recent International Soil and Water Conservation Research Articles

Recently published articles from International Soil and Water Conservation Research.

Inhibiting soil loss and runoff from small plots induced by an individual freeze-thaw cycle using three rangeland species

September 2020
Milad Hatefi | Seyed Hamidreza Sadeghi | Reza Erfanzadeh | Morteza Behzadfar

This study investigated the role of three rangeland species viz. Agropyron trichophorum, Medicago sativa, and Lolium prenne on mitigating of effects of a freeze-thaw (FT) cycle on runoff generation...

Unsupervised learning approach in defining the similarity of catchments: Hydrological response unit based k-means clustering, a demonstration on Western Black Sea Region of Turkey

September 2020
Ersin Aytaç

This study investigated the similarity of the catchments with the k-means clustering method by using the hydrological response unit (HRU) images of 33 catchments located in the Western Black Sea Region...

Spatial distribution of water and wind erosion and their influence on the soil quality at the agropastoral ecotone of North China

September 2020
Yanzai Wang | Yifan Dong | Zhengan Su | Simon M. Mudd | Qiuhong Zheng | Gang Hu | Dong Yan

In semiarid regions, wind and water erosion are serious environmental and ecological problems around world. They have different impacts on soil quality over a range of spatial scales. Analyzing the...

Cadmium speciation as influenced by soil water content and zinc and the studies of kinetic modeling in two soils textural classes

September 2020
Farzad Rassaei | Mehran Hoodaji | Seyed Ali Abtahi

Since few studies have existed in the literature about the effect of zinc (Zn) on cadmium (Cd) chemical forms in soils. Therefore, this study has been performed to determine the impact of Zn on cadmium...

Fingerprinting sediment sources in a typical karst catchment of southwest China

September 2020
Zhenwei Li | Xianli Xu | Yaohua Zhang | Kelin Wang

Due to the complex hydrogeological conditions in karst regions, it is difficult to measure sediment source contributions at a catchment scale directly. The objective of this study was to quantify the...

Can integrated watershed management reduce soil erosion and improve livelihoods? A study from northern Ethiopia

September 2020
Kassa Teka | Mulu Haftu | Madelene Ostwald | Christel Cederberg

The study aimed at evaluating the impact of integrated watershed management on reducing soil erosion and changes in the livelihoods of rural farming households in Ethiopia. The changes in soil erosion...

Spatiotemporal changes in terrestrial water storage in the Beijing-Tianjin Sandstorm Source Region from GRACE satellites

September 2020
Yingjun Pang | Bo Wu | Yanping Cao | Xiaohong Jia

The Sandstorm Source Control Project in and around the Beijing-Tianjin region was one of the most important ecological projects in China. Terrestrial water storage (TWS) has important impacts on the...

Predicted trends of soil erosion and sediment yield from future land use and climate change scenarios in the Lancang–Mekong River by using the modified RUSLE model

September 2020
Pavisorn Chuenchum | Mengzhen Xu | Wenzhe Tang

Soil erosion and sediments in the Lancang-Mekong River Basin as a result of climate change and changes in land use pose a threat to the existence of the riparian people, biodiversity and ecosystems....

Double mulching improves soil properties and productivity of maize-based cropping system in eastern Indian Himalayas

September 2020
Bidyapati Ngangom | Anup Das | Rattan Lal | Ramkrushna Gandhiji Idapuganti | Jayanta Layek | Savita Basavaraj | Subhash Babu | Gulab Singh Yadav | Probir Kumar Ghosh

A field experiment was conducted for two consecutive years at North Eastern Indian Himalayan region to assess the effect of soil moisture conservation measures on soil and water productivity of different...

Incorporating a rainfall intensity modification factor γ into the Ia-S Relationship in the NRCS-CN method

September 2020
Pengcheng Hu | Jialiang Tang | Jihui Fan | Shumiao Shu | Zhaoyong Hu | Bo Zhu

The Natural Resources Conservation Service runoff curve number (NRCS-CN) method is widely used to simulate direct runoff, but the impact of rainfall intensity has not been considered. In this study,...

Monitoring the variation of soil quality with sewage sludge application rates in absence of rhizosphere effect

September 2020
Rahma Inès Zoghlami | Helmi Hamdi | Sonia Mokni-Tlili | Sarra Hechmi | Mohamed Naceur Khelil | Nadhira Ben Aissa | Mohamed Moussa | Habib Bousnina | Saoussen Benzarti | Naceur Jedidi

Agricultural soils in semi-arid regions have frequently been degraded due to adverse climatic conditions, organic matter depletion, and poor farming practices. To enhance soil quality, this study examines...

Comparative effects of composted organic waste and inorganic fertilizer on nitrate leachate from the farm soils of northern Guam

Available online 22 September 2020
Ferdinand Galsim | Mohammad H. Golabi | Yong Sang Kim | Clancy Iyekar

The purpose of this study was to quantify the release of nitrate into vadose zone as well as the nitrogen-holding capacity of compost applied on calcareous soils of northern Guam amended with both inorganic...

Assessing soil thickness in a black soil watershed in northeast China using random forest and field observations

Available online 22 September 2020
Shuai Zhang | Gang Liu | Shuli Chen | Craig Rasmussen | Baoyuan Liu

Soil thickness determines the soil productivity in the black soil region of northeast China, which is important for national food security. Existing information on the spatial variation of black soil...

Agro-residue biochar and N fertilizer addition mitigates CO2-C emission and stabilized soil organic carbon pools in a rain-fed agricultural cropland

Available online 21 September 2020
Segun O. Oladele | Adewole T. Adetunji

Scarce carbon dioxide (CO2) emission data, soil organic carbon (Corg) and labile Corg pool index for croplands in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) limits our ability to define regional CO2 flux and mitigation...

Remote sensing vs. field-based monitoring of agricultural terrace degradation

Available online 9 September 2020
Anton Pijl | Edoardo Quarella | Teun A. Vogel | Vincenzo D'Agostino | Paolo Tarolli

The degradation of agricultural terraces is considered a major challenge to soil and water conservation in steep-slope viticulture. Although terracing is a widespread conservation practice, its sustainability...

Protective effect of multi-row HDPE board sand fences: A wind tunnel study

Available online 6 September 2020
Kai Zhang | Peiwen Zhao | Jianchang Zhao | Xingxin Zhang

Recently, sand fences, made of high density polyethylene (HDPE) board, which is resistant against harsh plateau environmental conditions, could possibly be used to control the wind-blown sand along...

Resident rhizosphere microbiome's ecological dynamics and conservation: Towards achieving the envisioned Sustainable Development Goals, a review

Available online 27 August 2020
Oluwadara Pelumi Omotayo | Olubukola Oluranti Babalola

The role of the rhizosphere microbiome remain crucial to human existence and can therefore not be over-looked, particularly with respect to plant growth, development and yield. The rhizosphere is the...

Primary environmental factors controlling gully distribution at the local and regional scale: An example from Northeastern China

Available online 20 August 2020
Yushu Zhou | Bin Zhang | Wei Qin | Qingchun Deng | Jun Luo | Hui Liu | Dan Yang | Houling Wang | Ying Zhao

Gully erosion is the main cause of global land degradation. The factors controlling gully erosion at watershed scale have been extensively studied, but the spatial pattern of gullies and their primary...

Evaluation of WEPP versus EGEM and empirical model efficiencies in predicting ephemeral gully erosion around Mubi area, Northeast Nigeria

Available online 19 August 2020
Ijasini John Tekwa | John Mathew Laflen | Abubakar Musa Kundiri | Abdullahi Bala Alhassan

Evaluation of prediction models is crucial to achieving valid information on erosion processes and their management choices. WEPP model efficiency in predicting ephemeral gully (EG) erosion was recently...

Assessment of deforestation impact on soil erosion in loess formation using 137Cs method (case study: Golestan Province, Iran)

Available online 14 August 2020
Mohammadreza Gharibreza | Mohammad Zaman | Paolo Porto | Emil Fulajtar | Lotfollah Parsaei | Hossein Eisaei

Golestan, a province in the North-East of Iran, is characterized by high coverage of loess deposits. Since 1963, the area has experienced approximately 200,000 ha deforestation due to land-use changes...

Impacts of horizontal resolution and downscaling on the USLE LS factor for different terrains

Available online 11 August 2020
Chunmei Wang | Linxin Shan | Xin Liu | Qinke Yang | Richard M. Cruse | Baoyuan Liu | Rui Li | Hongming Zhang | Guowei Pang

Slope length and slope steepness are critical topographic factors (L and S) in the Universal Soil Loss Equation (USLE) and Chinese Soil Loss Equation (CSLE) for soil erosion modelling. Both slope length...

Study on a soil erosion sampling survey in the Pan-Third Pole region based on higher-resolution images

Available online 24 July 2020
Qinke Yang | Mengyang Zhu | Chunmei Wang | Xiaoping Zhang | Baoyuan Liu | Xin Wei | Guowei Pang | Chaozhen Du | Lihua Yang

Soil erosion is one of the most severe global environmental problems, and soil erosion surveys are the scientific basis for planning soil conservation and ecological development. To improve soil erosion...

Evaluation of soil erosion risk and identification of soil cover and management factor (C) for RUSLE in European vineyards with different soil management

Available online 17 July 2020
M. Biddoccu | G. Guzmán | G. Capello | T. Thielke | P. Strauss | S. Winter | J.G. Zaller | A. Nicolai | D. Cluzeau | D. Popescu | C. Bunea | A. Hoble | E. Cavallo | J.A. Gómez

Vineyards show some of the largest erosion rates reported in agricultural areas in Europe. Reported rates vary considerably under the same land use, since erosion processes are highly affected by climate,...

The assessment of soil loss by water erosion in China

Available online 11 July 2020
Baoyuan Liu | Yun Xie | Zhiguang Li | Yin Liang | Wenbo Zhang | Suhua Fu | Shuiqing Yin | Xin Wei | Keli Zhang | Zhiqiang Wang | Yingna Liu | Ying Zhao | Qiankun Guo

Soil erosion is a major environmental problem in China. Planning for soil erosion control requires accurate soil erosion rate and spatial distribution information. The aim of this article is to present...

Soil erosion: An important indicator for the assessment of land degradation neutrality in Russia

Available online 9 July 2020
Petr Tsymbarovich | German Kust | Mikhail Kumani | Valentin Golosov | Olga Andreeva

This review of soil erosion (SE) studies in Russia focuses on two main tasks: (i) ensuring the completeness and reliability of SE data in Russia, a large country (17.1 million km2) with a variety of...

Tillage and no-tillage effects on physical and chemical properties of an Argiaquoll soil under long-term crop rotation in Buenos Aires, Argentina

June 2020
Ana Clara Sokolowski | Barbara Prack McCormick | Javier De Grazia | José E. Wolski | Hernán A. Rodríguez | Eric P. Rodríguez-Frers | María C. Gagey | Silvina P. Debelis | Ileana R. Paladino | Mónica B. Barrios

No-tillage systems are able to reduce the negative effects of agricultural intensification on soil properties. However, knowledge of long-term impacts of no-tillage systems on soil properties is insufficient....

Atrazine removal from water by activated charcoal cloths

June 2020
Javier M. Gonzalez | Lynnette R. Murphy | Chad J. Penn | Veera M. Boddu | Laura L. Sanders

Pollution control structures may be adapted to enhance the removal of nutrients and pesticides from water. Charcoal-like material is known to sorb organic compounds in solution, including atrazine,...

Experimental study on the effects of multiple factors on spring meltwater erosion on an alpine meadow slope

June 2020
Xiaonan Shi | Fan Zhang | Li Wang | Muhammad Dodo Jagirani | Chen Zeng | Xiong Xiao | Guanxing Wang

Meadow degradation provides a major indication of increased soil erosion in alpine regions. Serious soil erosion is observed during the spring in particular because soil thawing coincides with the period...

Institutional performance and participatory paradigms: Comparing two groups of watersheds in semi-arid region of India

June 2020
Biswajit Mondal | Nagarajan Loganandhan | Sekhargowda L. Patil | Anurag Raizada | Suresh Kumar | Gopal L. Bagdi

Watershed development programmes carried out in different agroclimatic conditions in India resulted in beneficial impact in terms of productivity enhancement and natural resources conservation, but...

The application of proximal visible and near-infrared spectroscopy to estimate soil organic matter on the Triffa Plain of Morocco

June 2020
Ayoub Lazaar | Abdul Mounem Mouazen | Kamal EL Hammouti | Michael Fullen | Biswajeet Pradhan | Muhammad Sohail Memon | Karim Andich | Abdelilah Monir

Soil organic matter (SOM) is a fundamental soil constituent. The estimation of this parameter in the laboratory using the classical method is complex time-consuming and requires the use of chemical...

A systematic review of soil erosion control practices on the agricultural land in Asia

June 2020
Nur Syabeera Begum Nasir Ahmad | Firuza Begham Mustafa | Safiah @ Yusmah Muhammad Yusoff | Gideon Didams

Soil is the basis of production in agriculture activities. The combination of intensive farming activities, improper farming practices, rainfall regimes, and topography conditions that taken place in...

Effect of joint structure and slope direction on the development of collapsing gully in tuffaceous sandstone area in South China

June 2020
Yusong Deng | Xiaoqian Duan | Shuwen Ding | Chongfa Cai

This study focuses on the collapsing gullies in tuffaceous sandstone area and investigates the slope direction and morphological characteristics of the main and branch gullies. Furthermore, we assess...

Distinct and combined impacts of climate and land use scenarios on water availability and sediment loads for a water supply reservoir in northern Morocco

June 2020
Fatiha Choukri | Damien Raclot | Mustapha Naimi | Mohamed Chikhaoui | João Pedro Nunes | Frédéric Huard | Cécile Hérivaux | Mohamed Sabir | Yannick Pépin

The objective of this study was to examine the impacts of climate and land use changes on water availability and sediment loads for a water supply reservoir in northern Morocco using data-intensive...

Using high-resolution aerial images to study gully development at the regional scale in southern China

June 2020
Honghu Liu | Georg Hörmann | Bingyu Qi | Qiuxing Yue

There are 239,100 gullies in southern China, which cause the degradation of ecological system. However, studies on gully development at the regional scale is relatively lack. The purpose of this study...

Combating wind erosion through soil stabilization under simulated wind flow condition – Case of Kuwait

June 2020
Hana’a Burezq

The soil survey of Kuwait has revealed the landscapes dominated by loose sandy material, that are vulnerable to wind erosion. Globally three modes of soil particle movement (creep, saltation & suspension)...

Surface runoff and soil erosion in a natural regeneration area of the Brazilian Cerrado

June 2020
Karina dos Santos Falcão | Elói Panachuki | Felipe das Neves Monteiro | Roniedison da Silva Menezes | Dulce B.B. Rodrigues | Jullian Souza Sone | Paulo Tarso S. Oliveira

The Brazilian Cerrado has been converted to farmland, and there is little evidence that this expansion will decrease, mainly because agriculture is the country’s main economic sector. However, the impacts...

Effect of time resolution of rainfall measurements on the erosivity factor in the USLE in China

Available online 19 June 2020
Tianyu Yue | Yun Xie | Shuiqing Yin | Bofu Yu | Chiyuan Miao | Wenting Wang

Rainfall erosivity, one of the factors in the Universal Soil Loss Equation, quantifies the effect of rainfall and runoff on soil erosion. High-resolution data are required to compute rainfall erosivity,...

Integrated nuclear techniques for sedimentation assessment in Latin American region

Available online 17 June 2020
José Luis Peralta Vital | Reinaldo Honorio Gil Castillo | Yanna Llerena Padrón | Yusleidy Milagro Cordovi Miranda | Naymi Labrada Arevalo | Leroy Alonso Pino

The paper shows the novel techniques introduction in the region of Latin America and the Caribbean in order to strengthen the surveillance and monitoring of the sedimentation phenomenon in the surface...

Impacts of longterm conservation measures on ecosystem services in Northwest Ethiopia

March 2020
Woubet G. Alemu | Assefa M. Melesse

A Soil Conservation Research Program (SCRP) has been on-going in Anjeni Watershed, Amhara Region, Ethiopia since the 1980s, focussing particularly on soil-based, graded fanya juu terraces. This study...

Siltation and radiocesium pollution of small lakes in different catchment types far from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident site

March 2020
Mikhail Komissarov | Shin-ichiro Ogura

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident caused radioactive pollution in northeastern Honshu Island, Japan. This study examined the influence of snowmelt and rainfall on soil erosion processes...

Adoption of technologies that enhance soil carbon sequestration in East Africa. What influence farmers’ decision?

March 2020
Stanley Karanja Ng’ang’a | Dorcas Anyango Jalang’o | Evan Hartunian Girvetz

The last two decades have seen a rise of interest in the adoption and diffusion of agricultural technologies aimed at improving the sustainability of agricultural lands among smallholder farmers in...

The challenge of soil loss control and vegetation restoration in the karst area of southwestern China

March 2020
Ligang Zhou | Xiangdong Wang | Zhaoyan Wang | Xiaoming Zhang | Cheng Chen | Huifang Liu

Soil loss, both from surface soil loss and subsurface soil leakage, in the karst regions of southwestern China is a serious environmental problem that threatens sustainability in that region. The surface...

Positive cascading effect of restoring forests

March 2020
Pasquale Borrelli | Panos Panagos | David Wuepper

Watershed management index based on the village watershed model (VWM) approach towards sustainability

March 2020
Ignatius Sriyana | J.G. De Gijt | Sri Kumala Parahyangsari | John Bosco Niyomukiza

In the current study, we examine the Indonesian government’s watershed management program, which was established in 2001. In 2005, the Coordination Team for Rescue of Water Resources (CTRWR) was established...

SHui, an EU-Chinese cooperative project to optimize soil and water management in agricultural areas in the XXI century

March 2020
José A. Gómez | Alon Ben-Gal | Juan J. Alarcón | Gabrielle De Lannoy | Shannon de Roos | Tomáš Dostál | Elias Fereres | Diego S. Intrigliolo | Josef Krása | Andreas Klik | Gunther Liebhard | Reinhard Nolz | Aviva Peeters | Elke Plaas | John N. Quinton | Rui Miao | Peter Strauss | Weifeng Xu | Zhiqiang Zhang | Funing Zhong | David Zumr | Ian C. Dodd

This article outlines the major scientific objectives of the SHui project that seeks to optimize soil and water use in agricultural systems in the EU and China, by considering major current scientific...

Factors influencing adoption of soil and water conservation practices in the northwest Ethiopian highlands

March 2020
Agere Belachew | Wuletaw Mekuria | Kavitha Nachimuthu

Soil erosion has long been a problem in the Ethiopian highlands in general and Dembecha district in particular. The objective of this study was to identify factors influencing adoption of soil and water...

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