New technologies in soil conservation and eco-sustainability: supporting decision making
Convener: Xiangzhou Xu | Co-conveners: Giuliano Langella, Tingwu Lei, Manuel Esteban Lucas-Borja, Paolo Tarolli, Luís de Sousa
| Wed, 10 Apr, 08:30–12:30
Room G1
| Attendance Wed, 10 Apr, 14:00–15:45
Hall X1

Soil is the key element in the Earth System acting as a control on hydrological, biological, erosional and geochemical cycles. Moreover, the soils are a critical resource for food and fiber production that sustains human societies. Because of the crucial role that soils play in the Earth System, soil conservation is necessary to achieve a sustainable world. Considering the upcoming challenges, different kinds of stakeholders, including researchers, farmers, policy makers, have an urgent need for tools based on metrics, information and statistics that can facilitate the transferability and communication of soil complexity.
This session provides the premier forum for the presentation of new advances and research results in the fields of experimental, theoretical, and applied soil conservation and eco sustainability. Further, it focuses on advances in the information technologies that publish data, metrics and statistics on soil and earth critical zone or assist their production with the special emphasis of supporting the decision making.
The session will bring together leading researchers, engineers and scientists in the domain of interest from around the world. Topics of interest for submission include, but are not limited to:

Modeling in the GIS / WebGIS framework
Geospatial processing & cyber infrastructures
Big geospatial data & software
Economic technology and instruments
Web based geospatial decision support systems

Remote sensing
Lab / Field experiments
Modeling the Earth Critical Zone
Environmental regulation and monitoring
Environmental systems approach

Soil micromorphology / mineralogy
Surface and subsurface Hydrology
Water balance
Erosional and depositional processes
Watershed geomorphology

Soil evolution and weathering
Soils and surface processes
Hydrologic / Geomorphic change
Land use impacts on geomorphology
Landscape degradation and restoration

Soil and water conservation
Environmental sustainability
Resource management
Sustainable cities
Health and the Environment
Hazardous substances and detection techniques
Toxicity assessment and epidemiological studies
Water resources and river basin management

Analogue modeling, Landscape evolution, Sustainability, Geospatial decision support