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Recent International Soil and Water Conservation Research Articles

Recently published articles from International Soil and Water Conservation Research.

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

Available online 8 April 2020
Nur Syabeera Begum Nasir Ahmad | Firuza Begham Mustafa | Safiah @ Yusmah Muhammad Yusoff | Didams Gideon

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...

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

Available online 8 April 2020
Biswajit Mondal | N. Loganandhan | S.L. Patil | A. Raizada | Suresh Kumar | G.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...

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

Available online 4 April 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...

Atrazine removal from water by activated charcoal cloths

Available online 3 April 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,...

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...

Coastal wetland vegetation features and digital Change Detection Mapping based on remotely sensed imagery: El-Burullus Lake, Egypt

March 2020
Asmaa Nasser Mohamed Eid | C.O. Olatubara | T.A. Ewemoje | Haitham Farouk | Mohamed Talaat El-Hennawy

El-Burullus Lake is one of the four Egyptian Ramsar sites that constitute internationally important wetlands as they contain a rich biodiversity and have a large number of water bird species. But the...

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...

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...

Positive cascading effect of restoring forests

March 2020
Pasquale Borrelli | Panos Panagos | David Wuepper

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...

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...

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...

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...

Spatiotemporal distribution of soil moisture in gully facies

March 2020
Seyed Hamidreza Sadeghi | Gholam Ali Ghaffari | Abdulsaleh Rangavar | Zeinab Hazbavi | Vijay P. Singh

Gully erosion is one of the most important forms of land degradation in many regions of the world. Understanding the process of gully erosion therefore is important for better management of the watersheds...

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

Available online 10 March 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)...

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

Available online 22 February 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...

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

Available online 22 February 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....

TEMPORARY REMOVAL: Hyperconcentrated sediment in rill erosion from a loess slope with aeolian sand intrusion

Available online 15 January 2020
Ren Feng | Tingwu Lei | Xiaofeng Gao | Yuhan Huang | Chao Chen | Yunyun Ban

This article has been withdrawn at the request of the author(s) and/or editor. The Publisher apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause...

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...

Using Ecosystem Service Modeler (ESM) for Ecological Quality, rarity and Risk Assessment of the wild goat habitat, in the Haftad-Gholleh protected area

December 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

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...

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

December 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

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...

Soil genetic erosion: New conceptual developments in soil security

December 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

December 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...

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

December 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...

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...

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...

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