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Most Downloaded International Soil and Water Conservation Research Articles

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1. Emerging pollutants in the environment: A challenge for water resource management

1 March 2015
Violette Geissen | Hans Mol | Erwin Klumpp | Günter Umlauf | Marti Nadal | Martine van der Ploeg | Sjoerd E.A.T.M. van de Zee | Coen J. Ritsema

A significant number of emerging pollutants (EPs) resulting from point and diffuse pollution is present in the aquatic environment. These are chemicals that are not commonly monitored but have the potential...

2. Conservation tillage impacts on soil, crop and the environment

June 2015
Mutiu Abolanle Busari | Surinder Singh Kukal | Amanpreet Kaur | Rajan Bhatt | Ashura Ally Dulazi

There is an urgent need to match food production with increasing world population through identification of sustainable land management strategies. However, the struggle to achieve food security should...

3. 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....

4. Impact of urbanization on groundwater recharge and urban water balance for the city of Hyderabad, India

March 2018
Hemant Balwant Wakode | Klaus Baier | Ramakar Jha | Rafig Azzam

Groundwater recharge processes in an urban area are different than in non-urban areas. There are various new components that must be considered in the case of urban groundwater recharge in addition...

5. Conservation agriculture in India – Problems, prospects and policy issues

December 2014
Suraj Bhan | U.K. Behera

Conservation agriculture (CA) technologies involve minimum soil disturbance, permanent soil cover through crop residues or cover crops, and crop rotations for achieving higher productivity. In India,...

6. Soil erosion planning using sediment yield index method in the Nun Nadi watershed, India

June 2015
Hasan Raja Naqvi | A.S. Mohammed Abdul Athick | Hilal Ahmad Ganaie | Masood Ahsan Siddiqui

The study identifies the extent of soil loss and proposes a method for prioritization of micro-watershed in the Nun Nadi watershed. The study used the Sediment Yield Index (SYI) method, based on weighted...

7. Influence of salinity and water content on soil microorganisms

December 2015
Nan Yan | Petra Marschner | Wenhong Cao | Changqing Zuo | Wei Qin

Salinization is one of the most serious land degradation problems facing world. Salinity results in poor plant growth and low soil microbial activity due to osmotic stress and toxic ions. Soil microorganisms...

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

December 2019
André Almagro | Thais Caregnatto Thomé | Carina Barbosa Colman | Rodrigo Bahia Pereira | José Marcato Junior | 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...

9. Soil and Land Resources for Agricultural Production: General Trends and Future Scenarios-A Worldwide Perspective

December 2013
Winfried E.H. Blum

Based on the global distribution of land and soil quality and the world population, future trends in the agricultural use of land and soil resources are described, which will severely compromise future...

10. Soil loss estimation using GIS and Remote sensing techniques: A case of Koga watershed, Northwestern Ethiopia

June 2016
Habtamu Sewnet Gelagay | Amare Sewnet Minale

Soil loss by runoff is a severe and continuous ecological problem in Koga watershed. Deforestation, improper cultivation and uncontrolled grazing have resulted in accelerated soil erosion. Information...

11. Making rainfed agriculture sustainable through environmental friendly technologies in Pakistan: A review

September 2013
Mirza B. Baig | Shabbir A. Shahid | Gary S. Straquadine

Pakistan is an agricultural country spreading over an area of about 79. 6 million hectares (Mha) with an arid and semi arid climate. Of 79. 6 Mha, about 23 Mha is suitable for crop production and nearly...

12. Identification of suitable sites for rainwater harvesting structures in arid and semi-arid regions: A review

June 2016
Adham Ammar | Michel Riksen | Mohamed Ouessar | Coen Ritsema

Harvested rainwater is an alternative source of water in arid and semi-arid regions (ASARs) around the world. Many researchers have developed and applied various methodologies and criteria to identify...

13. 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...

14. 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...

15. Factors affecting adoption of soil and water conservation practices: The case of Wereillu Woreda (District), South Wollo Zone, Amhara Region, Ethiopia

December 2017
Daniel Asfaw | Mulugeta Neka

In Ethiopia, soil erosion is a severe problem and a major cause of the decline of agricultural productivity. Interventions were taken by introducing soil and water conservation practices. However, the...

16. Effects of rainfall patterns on runoff and soil erosion in field plots

December 2015
Mohamad Ayob Mohamadi | Ataollah Kavian

Soil erosion processes during a storm are strongly affected by intra-storm variations in rainfall characteristics. Four storm patterns, each with a different rainfall intensity variation were separated....

17. Sustainability issues on rice–wheat cropping system

March 2016
Rajan Bhatt | Surinder S Kukal | Mutiu A Busari | Sanjay Arora | Mathura Yadav

Rice–wheat cropping system (RWCS) of the South Asia is labour-, water-, capital- and energy-intensive, and become less profitable as the availability of these resources diminished. This could be further...

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

December 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...

19. Integrated universal soil loss equation (USLE) and Geographical Information System (GIS) for soil erosion estimation in A Sap basin: Central Vietnam

June 2018
Tung Gia Pham | Jan Degener | Martin Kappas

Central Vietnam is very susceptible to soil erosion due to its complicated terrain and heavy rainfall. The objective of this study was to quantify soil erosion in the A Sap river basin, A Luoi district, Thua...

20. 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...

21. 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....

22. Farmers’ decision to adopt watershed management practices in Gibe basin, southwest Ethiopia

December 2019
Fekadu Mengistu | Engdawork Assefa

Watershed management practices have been implemented to avert land degradation and to enhance people's livelihoods in the highlands of Ethiopia for several years. However, the successes of these practices...

23. 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...

24. 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...

25. 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....

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