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Soil C and N Dynamics by Land Use and Management Changes in East and Southeast Asian Countries (Soil C and N by LUMC)

Soil Science and Plant Nutrition Special Issue Call for Papers

Deadline: 31 May 2019

Atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases CO2, CH4 and N2O have increased since the Industrial Revolution. During the past 260 years, the rise in atmospheric CO2 concentration is mainly due to fossil fuel combustion, but CO2 emissions from artificial deforestation and other land use change is estimated to be half of fossil fuel emissions. On the other hand, soils could be sinks or sources of atmospheric CO2 depending on the land use and management changes (LUMC) in various plant-soil ecosystems. Soil N and its dynamics not only affect plants growth and crops production, but also limit future C sequestration. Therefore, C and N dynamics affected by LUMC in terrestrial ecosystems contribute not only to the global and local environmental problems, such as global warming, destruction of the ozone layer, acid rain, and eutrophication, but also to the changes in soil fertility and plant productions related to the human sustainable development.

The world population is more than 7 billion and 60% of the population is in Asia. Coincidentally, East and Southeast Asia are the most active regions in the world. The studies on C and N dynamics by LUMC in East and Southeast Asian countries are of importance to resolve both environmental problems and human sustainable development.

In addition, there are many kinds of LUMC in East and Southeast Asian countries. The conversion of tropical forests to agricultural lands in Indonesia, and the conversion of once lowland rice paddies to uplands and/or paddy-upland rotation, as well as partly abandoned areas to natural lands in Japan, are the two typical cases. While the number of studies on soil C and N dynamics and greenhouse gas emissions due to LUMC in East and Southeast Asian countries have increased, the outcome of those findings have not been sufficiently disseminated. Consequently, few of the result recommendations have been adopted in strategies aimed at resolving both environmental problems and human sustainable development.

This special issue aims to attract recent researches on soil C and N dynamics by LUMC in East and Southeast Asian countries to share knowledge on effective measures and executable strategies for efficient LUMC in East and Southeast Asian countries.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Soil C and N sequestrations by LUMC
  • Greenhouse gases emissions by LUMC
  • Crops and plants response to LUMC
  • Soil fertilities response to LUMC
  • Effect of global warming on soil C and N dynamics
  • Soil C and N dynamics in long-term experiments

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Language: en-US

Publisher: tandf

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Submission guidelines

Important Dates

Pre-Registration:          January 31, 2019 (optional)
Paper submission:       May 31, 2019
Paper revision due:     September 15, 2019
Final decision:            October 31, 2019
Publication online:      December 1, 2019
Publication:                 February 15, 2020 (estimated)

Interested authors are encouraged to contact to the Guest Editor-in-Chief for the Special Issue at <cheng@tds1.tr.yamagata-u.ac.jp> before January 31, 2019.

When you submit a manuscript on Scholar One Manuscript system, please makes sure to select ‘special section for Soil C and N by LUMC’ as manuscript type.

We look forward to receiving your manuscript.

Editorial information

  • Guest Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Weiguo Cheng, Yamagata University, Japan
  • Guest Editor: Dr. Benito Heru Purwanto, Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia
  • Guest Editor: Dr. Yasuhito Shirato, Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences, NARO, Japan
  • Guest Editor: Dr. Fumiaki Takakai, Akita Prefectural University, Japan
  • Guest Editor: Dr. Kazunobu Toriyama, Japanese Society of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition
  • Guest Editor: Prof. Kazuyuki Yagi, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand