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Assessment and Governance of Sustainable Soil Management

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ISBN: 9783039214792 / 9783039214808 Year: Pages: 310 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-480-8 Language: eng
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Agriculture (General) --- Biology --- Science (General)
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The role of soils for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals is multifarious. Soils are the essential basis for food and biomass provision in support of food security (SDG 2) and energy security (SDG 7). Soil carbon sequestration is paramount for climate action (SDG 13). Soil-mediated water purification and retention, nutrient and matter cycling, and soils habitat functions are essential for maintaining ecosystem services and biodiversity (SDG 15). Healthy soils perform well in all these functions simultaneously. However, the globally increasing demand for food, fiber, and bio-based products poses massive challenges to soil health. Minimizing trade-offs between biomass production and soil health requires systemic approaches to assessment and governance of sustainable soil management in agriculture and food systems. It provides interdisciplinary insights into key questions: What are the impacts of agricultural management practices on sustainability targets in specific geophysical and socio-economic contexts? What are the opportunities and risks of future trends such as climate change, digitalization, and emerging technologies for soil management and soil health? How can institutions and governance instruments be improved to enable decision makers to take action on sustainable soil management? The book was initiated in the frame of the National German research program ‘BonaRes—Soil as a sustainable resource for the bioeconomy’, and it is meant to trigger interdisciplinary thinking.

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conservation agriculture --- crop–livestock interactions --- Syria --- soil health --- agricultural innovation --- arid oasis --- combination of modern and indigenous knowledge --- Driver-Pressure-State-Impact-Response sustainability framework --- bayesian network --- soil functions --- conservation agriculture --- conventional farming --- zero tillage --- environmental zones --- phosphorus --- legal comparison --- governance --- sustainable agriculture --- fertilization --- soil protection --- Germany --- Costa Rica --- Nicaragua --- crop rotation modelling --- spatially explicit --- dynamic programming --- gross income --- carob --- yield --- soils --- desertification --- coffee by-products --- nutrient composition --- N leaching --- production --- so-called organic fertilizer --- ecosystem services --- governance --- institutions --- land --- property rights --- soils --- sustainability --- landowner --- tenant --- rent price --- rent proportion --- yield potential --- sustainable soil management --- soil degradation --- soil functions --- soil framework directive --- soil policy --- soil threats --- contamination --- sealing --- soil compaction --- risk assessment --- soil functions --- soil management --- subsoil --- compaction --- agricultural yields --- soil functions --- societal acceptance --- farmer motivations --- subsoil loosening --- alfalfa --- sustainable soil management --- resource scarcity --- Germany --- ecosystem services --- soil food web --- earthworms --- monitoring --- water infiltration --- agricultural policy --- behavioural studies --- literature review --- soil functions --- soil pressures --- justifying soil protection --- sustainable soil management --- creation ethics --- Laudato si’ --- property rights --- German Constitutional Law --- soil --- ecosystem services --- land management --- soil remediation --- Europe --- soil functions --- agricultural practices --- sustainability assessment --- ecosystem services --- resource use efficiency --- soil policy --- soil governance

Renewable Energy in Marine Environment

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ISBN: 9783039285280 / 9783039285297 Year: Pages: 324 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03928-529-7 Language: eng
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Technology (General) --- General and Civil Engineering
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The effects of human-caused global warming are obvious, requiring new strategies and approaches. The concept of business-as-usual is now no longer beneficial. Extraction of renewable energy in marine environments represents a viable solution and an important path for the future. These huge renewable energy resources in seas and oceans can be harvested, including wind, tide, and waves. Despite the initial difficulties related mostly to the elevated operational risks in the harsh marine environment, newly developed technologies are economically effective or promising. Simultaneously, many challenges remain to be faced. These are the main issues targeted by the present book, which is associated with the Special Issue of Energies Journal entitled “Renewable Energy in Marine Environment”. Papers on innovative technical developments, reviews, case studies, and analytics, as well as assessments, and papers from different disciplines that are relevant to the topic are included. From this perspective, we hope that the results presented are of interest to for scientists and those in related fields such as energy and marine environments, as well as for a wider audience.

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WEC array --- WEC farm --- PTO system --- PTO system tuning --- linearization --- hydraulic --- WEC-sim --- PTO-sim --- model coupling --- BEM --- NEMOH --- numerical modeling --- numerical coupling --- wave propagation --- MILDwave --- wave–structure interaction --- near field --- far field --- experimental validation --- WECwakes project --- wave energy converter arrays --- turbulence --- turbulence intensity --- turbulence kinetic energy --- ADCP --- site measurements --- time scale --- length scale --- wave–structure interaction --- wave propagation model --- smoothed particle hydrodynamics --- open boundaries --- coupling --- DualSPHysics --- OceanWave3D --- Mild-slope wave propagation model --- MILDwave --- periodic lateral boundaries --- short crested waves --- offshore wind turbines --- large scale experiments --- scour protection damage --- wide-graded materials --- climate change conditions --- optical measurements --- acoustic measurements --- waves-current interaction --- moored floating wave-energy converter --- oscillating water column --- wave flume experiment --- nonlinear wave condition --- 6 degrees of freedom motion --- mooring-line tension --- renewable energy --- marine environment --- wave energy converters --- variable depth effects --- multi-DOF WECs --- design optimization --- end fitting --- unbonded flexible pipe --- sealing performance --- pressure penetration --- temperature --- Caspian Sea --- wind speed --- offshore turbines --- capacity factor --- LCOE --- offshore wind farm --- jacket --- scour --- wave-current interaction --- spatial resolution --- erosion patterns --- sediment transport --- laboratory tests --- ocean energy --- marine energy --- wave energy --- renewable energy --- wave energy converter --- control system --- cost-benefit analysis --- DC collection --- energy economics --- HVDC --- HVAC --- levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) --- offshore wind --- ocean renewable energy --- ocean renewable technologies --- ocean source potential --- Brazilian ocean energy

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