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Special Issue "Global Black Soil Critical Zone Geo-Ecological Survey"

Guest editors:

  1. Prof. Igor Savin, V.V. Dokuchaev Soil Science Institute, Russia
  2. Prof. Dai Huimin, China Geological Survey, China
  3. Dr. Alecos Demetriades, IUGS Commission on Global Geochemical Baselines, Hellas
  4. Dr. Veronika Kopačková-Strnadová, Czech Geological Survey, Czech Republic
  5. Dr. Douglas A. Howard, Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA 

Short description: An initiative of “Global Black Soil Critical Zone Geo Ecological Survey” (BASGES) was launched in 2017. Its objective is studying state, genesis and evolution of the major black soil zones, and the relationship between black soil ecosystems and changing environment using the Critical Zone outlined methodologies. A long-term space and ground-integrated observation system includes remote sensing, soil spectroscopy, digital soil mapping, geochemistry and Critical Zone Observatory. The system was developed to measure, observe and monitor the state of the black soils, and to study the complex relationship between black soil critical zone and environmental changes.The Special issue invites papers with the results obtained in the frame of BASGES activities, as well as other works dealing with the study of global black soils. 

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Black soil geography, status
  • Black soil geochemistry
  • Black soil degradation, and monitoring
  • Black soils and carbon cycles modeling
  • Black soil remote sensing and spectroscopy

Deadline: November 30th, 2020

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