Special Issue of ‘Soil Systems’
Soils ensure many essential functions and services, such as the provision of food, fiber and energy, regulating the water cycle and extreme events (droughts, floods), recycling waste, and purifying water. Moreover, soils are essential for mitigating climate change, maintaining biodiversity, sustainable land use and ecosystem functioning, among others. Spatial and temporal modelling and mapping of these functions and services has become a contemporary research topic. This can be attributed on the one hand to the increased demand for such information from various stakeholders, from the national to global scale. On the other hand, it can be attributed to methodological and technological advances and increased data availability. Here, digital soil mapping has great potential for providing such information on various spatial and temporal scales. Digital soil mapping is a growing sub-discipline of soil science, aiming to provide soil information for a wide range of domains. It has been widely used since the 2000s for predicting soil classes or soil attributes in a numerical way, using soil data and environmental co-variates. Digital soil mapping of soil functions is less common and may constitute a step forward for end users, stakeholders and decision makers’ needs. This Special Issue on “Soil Systems” welcomes review and original research papers showing fundamental or applied advances on this topic. Papers should be of high scientific relevance and quality. They should be formatted according to the instructions for authors. All papers will be subjected to a peer-review process. Therefore, submitting a paper does not guarantee that it will be accepted and published. The deadline for submitting a paper is 15 December, 2018.
Papers will be open access and without charges.
Dr. Ir. Dominique Arrouays
Dr. Ir. Vera Leatitia (Titia) Mulder