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  • Call for paper submission - Special Issue "Remote Sensing of Grassland Ecosystem"

    Posted By: STi Forum

    Special Issue Information Dear Colleagues, Grassland covers 51% of the world’s land surface, and is among the most prominent biogeographic regions on the Earth for human welfare and livestock. The alpine pasture parts of grasslands are pronounced areas of high-altitude ecosystems, and are important in terms of climate change. The distribution of alpine pastures makes them fragile and sensitive to climate change, in order to ensure sustainable alpine pasture management. Nutrient rich grasslands and herbaceous vegetation play an important role in determining the grazing patterns of livestock, distribution of herbivore population, interlinkages with other trophic levels, and overall ecosystem health and stability. Common practices for detecting grass canopy properties, such as leaf area index, and biomass and chlorophyll content, require detailed sampling, biomass removal, and field settings. Because of the laborious job and inadequate data that is not representative of the population spatially, surveying and mapping techniques, like remote sensing, for estimating grass canopy properties in varying spatial and temporal scales, are therefore critical for a better understanding of grassland productivity, livestock population, and in response to the changing climate system, among other biophysical attributes. Satellite derived information can provide information to meet the requirements, through the involvement of all actors (livestock farmers and herdsmen/grazers; pastoral systems; and conservation specialists, researchers, and the mangers of protected areas). For these reasons, more research is warranted in order to better understand the capabilities and limits of the different sensor platforms and the retrieval algorithms for the inventory, monitoring, and management of grassland resources. This Special Issue is focused on advancing the range of remote sensing-based techniques for grassland characteristics, covering a wide variety of applications like carbon sequestration, vegetation–climate feedbacks, forage production, and so, but they are not limited to sites, data, and scales. We would like to invite you to submit articles about your recent research with respect to the following topics under three broad challenges. To Read More please visit the website....

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  • Localizing Change - Think Global, Act Local

    Posted By: STi Forum

    We have heard the phrase "Think Global, Act Local," as a catch-all phrase for grassroots impact, but what does it truly mean in action? We have seen bold actions recently of human compassion, local communities protecting refugees, food and farm activists transforming urban farming, advancing local alternatives to clean energy and water, and local movements driving global change. How can we adopt this mindset into our work as young leaders to transform the world and achieve the SDGs by 2030?

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  • Water Pollution 2020: 15th International Conference on Monitoring, Modelling and Management of Water Pollution

    Posted By: STi Forum

    September 30 @ 8:00 am - October 2 @ 5:00 pm Water Pollution 2020 is the 15th International Conference in the series of Monitoring, Modelling and Management of Water Pollution. The conference, which has always been very successful, provides a forum for discussion amongst scientists, managers and academics from different areas of water contamination. The wealth of information exchanged in this international meeting continues to be of great benefit to all involved with water pollution problems. The environmental problems caused by the increase of pollutant loads discharged into natural water bodies requires the formation of a framework for regulation and control. This framework needs to be based on scientific results that relate pollutant discharge with changes in water quality. The results of these studies allow the industry to apply more efficient methods of controlling and treating waste loads, and water authorities to enforce appropriate regulations regarding this matter. Environmental problems are essentially interdisciplinary. Engineers and scientists working in this field must be familiar with a wide range of issues including the physical processes of mixing and dilution, chemical and biological processes, mathematical modelling, data acquisition and measurement, to name but a few. In view of the scarcity of available data, it is important that experiences are shared on an international basis. Thus, a continuous exchange of information between scientists from different countries is essential. The Water Pollution Conference started in Southampton, UK in 1991 and has been held in Milan, Italy (1993); Porto Carras, Greece (1995); Lake Bled, Slovenia (1997); Lemnos, Greece (1999); Rhodes, Greece (2001); Cadiz, Spain (2003); Bologna, Italy (2006); Alicante, Spain (2008); Bucharest, Romania (2010); The New Forest, UK, home of the Wessex Institute (2012); the Algarve (2014), Venice (2016) and A Coruna (2018). All published papers since 1993 have been widely distributed and archived in the eLibrary where they are permanently and freely available to the scientific community (www.witpress.com/elibrary). Topics The following list covers some of the topics to be presented at the conference. Papers on other subjects related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome. Water contamination Assessing, monitoring, modelling and forecasting Water management Wastewater and saltwater management Groundwater and aquifers Freshwater quality Coastal and offshore pollution Health risk studies Agricultural contamination Industrial pollution Water reuse Emerging technologies Socio-economic-political causes and consequences Education and training Pharmaceuticals Micro-pollutants Changes in land use Dredging work Climate change Design and architecture Urban water Sustainable urban drainage systems Case Studies + GOOGLE CALENDAR+ ICAL EXPORT Details Start: September 30 @ 8:00 am End: October 2 @ 5:00 pm Event Categories: Hydrogeology, Land use Website: https://www.wessex.ac.uk/conferences/2020/water-pollution-2020 Venue Valencia Valencia, Spain

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