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Monday paper: The challenge and future of rocky desertification control in karst areas in southwest China

Monday paper: The challenge and future of rocky desertification control in karst areas in southwest China

Zhang, J. Y., Dai, M. H., Wang, L. C., Zeng, C. F., and Su, W. C. 2016. The challenge and future of rocky desertification control in karst areas in southwest China. Solid Earth, 7:83-91, DOI:10.5194/se-7-83-2016, 2016.

 


Karst ecosystems in China are one of the main objectives of desertification control, since its conservation is important for economic and social development, especially of the rural population. These ecosystems are unique, due to both the high impact of human activities and their great vulnerability.

 

The main provinces of karst rocky desertification in southwest China. Image included in the original paper.

The main provinces of karst rocky desertification in southwest China. Image included in the original paper.

 

In this paper, recently published, researchers at the Nanjing University, the Chongqing Technology and Business University and the Guizhou Academy of Sciences (China), review the relationship between desertification and human impact on karst areas of China. The authors of the study propose a reduction of anthropic impacts and outline the possibilities for desertification control, analyzing the influence of migration policies, economic conditions and proposing assimilation and improving employment conditions of the population displaced to urban centers. In addition, in order to improve control plans desertification in rural areas, the authors propose the implementation of “ecological compensation” to the rural population and involve social partners in integrated approaches to ecosystem management. [Read More]

Why your scientific paper was accepted?

Why your scientific paper was accepted?

As one of the executive editors of Solid Earth, one of my main duties is to keep up the journal’s reputation and a high quality of published articles. For a manuscript to be considered as a candidate for publication, it is necessary to fall within the scope of the journal. But, in my opinion, it also needs to show “new science”: innovation in the methods or approaches, sound results and conclusions interesting for a wide audience (which does not need to be simply formed by specialized scientists). [Read More]

New and traditional soil amendments – not so new after all?

New and traditional soil amendments – not so new after all?

Caroline Spann
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

As of increasing demands for 4F (food, feed, fiber and fuel production) from agricultural sites there are many researches being done on soil amendments to increase yields, to remediate degraded or even contaminated soils to make them more profitable again. Tuesday morning a session was dedicated to “new and traditional soil amendments” which mainly focused on research on biochar application. This post is supposed to give you a slight insight on some of the studies presented. [Read More]

Go ask a statistician!

Go ask a statistician!

Caroline Spann
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

Austria Center Vienna during EGU General Assembly 2016, by Kai Boggild.

Austria Center Vienna during EGU General Assembly 2016, by Kai Boggild.

During the EGU2016 Assembly, the chair of the statistics advisory panel of European Journal of Soil Science offered a short course on common statistical problems in soil science papers called “Secrets from the statistics panel: common statistical problems in soil science papers”.

Motivation to start such a short course was to diminish statistical problems occuring in submitted papers, because Editors and Statistical Advisory Panel of the journal often find the same statistical problems in papers. Similar problems can be seen in papers submitted in all soil science journals. [Read More]