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Soil System Sciences

Soils at Imaggeo: soil erosion in olive groves

My humanities colleagues and friends are always talking about postmodernism or pomo for short (see this funny satire). I’ve been thinking a lot lately about ‘modern groundwater’ (stay tuned for a cool paper), so I started wondering if there is ‘postmodern groundwater’. Modern groundwater is groundwater recharged since the huge spike it tritium in the early 1960’s due to above ground th ...[Read More]

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Soil System Sciences

New SOIL journal

Words on Wednesday aims at promoting interesting/fun/exciting publications on topics related to Energy, Resources and the Environment. If you would like to be featured on WoW, please send us a link of the paper, or your own post, at ERE.Matters@gmail.com. *** Blog by Darren Beriro, British Geological Survey British Geological Survey (BGS) and consortium members Land Quality Management, Nottingham ...[Read More]

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Soil System Sciences

Monday paper: Seasonal changes in the soil hydrological and erosive response depending on aspect, vegetation type and soil water repellency in different Mediterranean microenvironments

Permeability is a crazy parameter: heterogeneous on many spatial scales, highly variable over up to 20 orders of magnitude, and transient on many temporal scales. Yet, for better or for worse it is essential to our understanding of numerous earth processes, as well as how human impact and interact with the earth. I have had the honor of guest editing a special issue  of Geofluids called ‘Cru ...[Read More]

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Soil System Sciences

Monday paper: Mean age of carbon in fine roots from temperate forests and grasslands with different management

In our hunt for energy, we turn in many directions, especially those that will affect the environment to a lesser extent than the conventional fossil fuels. Though renewable energy is a sustainable form of energy production – it is after all infinite – it does not always mean that this form of energy production is without impact. In 1963 the Glen Canyon Dam was built across the Colorad ...[Read More]

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Soil System Sciences

4th European Conference on Permafrost (EUCOP)

EGU is about to start and besides many presentation and meeting Paolo Tarolli, Tobias Heckmann and  Wolfgang Schwanghart offer a hands on workshop on Digital Terrain Analysis of Anthropogenic Landscapes (13:30–15:00 in Room L4/5). Please see below some information on the course. – written by Paolo Tarolli (University of Padova) – Humans are among the most prominent geomorphic agents, r ...[Read More]

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Soil System Sciences

Cracked soils

Vertisols are dark clayey soils that show cracks at least during some part of the year. Normally, Vertisols are found in depressions or plain areas under subhumid or semiarid climate, with a wet and a dry season. Although climax vegetation is savanna, grassland or woodland, Vertisols are very fertile, so that agricultural use is very common. However, the process of swelling/shrinking makes Vertiso ...[Read More]

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Soil System Sciences

Wikipedia is evil

As evidenced by the EU Floods Directive (2007/60/EC), flood management strategies in Europe have undergone a shift in focus in recent years. The goal of flood prevention using structural measures has been replaced by an emphasis on the management of flood risks using non-structural measures. One implication of this is that public authorities alone not only take responsibility for flood management. ...[Read More]

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Soil System Sciences

Monday paper: Modelling soil bulk density at the landscape scale and its contributions to C stock uncertainty

Following our previous blog about the EGU journal Solid Earth, we now would like to share some experiences of open access publishing in this journal with you. Therefore, we interviewed Anna Rogowitz, who recently published in Solid Earth, about her experiences.    About Anna: Anna is an Assistant Professor in the Structural Processes Group at the Department of Geodynamics and Sedimentology (U ...[Read More]

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Soil System Sciences

Climate change effects on agriculture and land and water resources in Spain

E. Vargas-Amelin (Research Group International Political Economy, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia and Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and P. Pindado (Permanent Representation of Spain at the European Union. Ministry of Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs) have just published an  interesting paper on climate change effects on agriculture and land and water resources in Spain. Accordi ...[Read More]

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Seismology

AGU … are your presentations ready?

Over on her Georney‘s blog, Evelyn Mervine has recently posted a nice piece with some spectacular images of columnar jointing. This seemed like a good opportunity to dust off some field photos, with some more examples of polygonal joint sets in lavas from a variety of settings, to illustrate the diversity of forms that cooling-contraction joints may take in volcanic rocks. The first example ...[Read More]