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Soils at Imaggeo: Badlands in central Spain

Saskia Keesstra, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands Description This composite shows a constellation of combined visual and infrared imaging of a smouldering combustion front spreading radially over a thin sample of dry peat. The central watch is created by a series of twelve wedges. Each wedge is extracted from a photo taken every 5 min from an elevated view looking down into the ...[Read More]

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Soil System Sciences

Wildfires and soil: Where are we now?

Lorena M. Zavala. University of Seville, Sevilla, Spain Antonio Jordán. University of Seville, Sevilla, Spain Jorge Mataix-Solera. University Miguel Hernández, Elche, Spain Artemi Cerdà. University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain Are wildfires a natural ecological factor or an environmental problem? According to official statistics, during the 1990’s, about 1.5 millions ha were burned in Spain. ...[Read More]

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Soil System Sciences

Monday paper: Simulating microbial degradation of organic matter in a simple porous system using the 3-D diffusion-based model MOSAIC

Monga, O., Garnier, P., Pot, V., Coucheney, E., Nunan, N., Otten, W., and Chenu, C.: Simulating microbial degradation of organic matter in a simple porous system using the 3-D diffusion-based model MOSAIC, Biogeosciences, 11, 2201-2209, doi:10.5194/bg-11-2201-2014, 2014. Abstract This paper deals with the simulation of microbial degradation of organic matter in soil within the pore space at a micr ...[Read More]

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Seismology

EGU 2015 Imaggeo Photo Competition

The deadline for the EGU 2015 Imaggeo Photo Competition is fast approaching! If you are pre-registered for the 2015 General Assembly (Vienna, 12 -17 April), you can take part in our annual photo competition! Winners receive a free registration to next year’s General Assembly! But hurry, there are only a few days left to enter! How to participate: You will need to register on Imaggeo to upload your ...[Read More]

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Soil System Sciences

Soils at Imaggeo: Fly ash dyke or landfill or pond

Kripal Singh, CSIR-Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Lucknow, India Description Fly ash, generated during coal combustion for thermal power generation, is dumped in man made ponds is a big problem to manage in several countries. In this picture, natural grasses are growing on a fly ash pond on National Thermal Power Plant, Unchahar, Uttar Pradesh, India. About Imaggeo Imaggeo is ...[Read More]

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Seismology

GPlates short course @ EGU – Make your own plate-tectonic reconstructions

A dedicated short course on the use of the software GPlates will be held at this years’ EGU. GPlates is a “desktop software for the interactive visualisation of plate-tectonics“. It offers a “combination of interactive plate-tectonic reconstructions, geographic information system functionality and raster data visualisation“. GPlates is an open-source software running ...[Read More]

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Soil System Sciences

Sure can smell the rain

Fly, thought, on golden wings, go alight on the cliffs, on the hills, where the sweet airs of our native soil smell soft and mild! Chorus of the Hebrew slaves, Nabucco Giuseppe Verdi   Have you ever noticed the smell of rain? Why does wet soil smell so good? The smell of wet soil plants oils released into the soil during dry periods is due. These substances accumulate in the soil and mix with ...[Read More]

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Soil System Sciences

Monday paper: Bayesian calibration of a soil organic carbon model using Δ14C measurements of soil organic carbon and heterotrophic respiration as joint constraints

Ahrens, B., Reichstein, M., Borken, W., Muhr, J., Trumbore, S. E., and Wutzler, T.: Bayesian calibration of a soil organic carbon model using Δ14C measurements of soil organic carbon and heterotrophic respiration as joint constraints, Biogeosciences, 11, 2147-2168, doi:10.5194/bg-11-2147-2014, 2014.   Abstract Soils of temperate forests store significant amounts of organic matter and are cons ...[Read More]

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Soil System Sciences

Monday paper: Impacts of climate variability on wetland salinization in the North American prairies

Nachshon U, Ireson A, van der Kamp G, Davies SR, Wheater HS. 2014. Impacts of climate variability on wetland salinization in the North American prairies. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 18, 1251-1263. DOI: 10.5194/hess-18-1251-2014. Abstract The glaciated plains of the North American continent, also known as the “prairies”, are a complex hydrological system characterized by hummock ...[Read More]

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Seismology

ECGS & ESC/EAEE Joint Workshop: Earthquake and Induced Multi-Risk Early Warning and Rapid Response

A joint workshop about earthquake and induced risk, early warning and rapid response is going to take place in Luxembourg, between the 18th and the 20th of November this year. The long list of researchers involved in the scientific committee, invited lecturers, and, the number of organisations supporting this workshop make this meeting one not to be missed. The supporting organisations are the Eur ...[Read More]