Call for papers: Climate Change and Land Degredation


Land degradation includes many processes which singly or together reduce the quality of the land surface. The processes include soil erosion by wind, water and mass movements, salinization, acidification and soil sealing. These processes result in the loss of fertility, the loss of areas available to agriculture, and the loss of ecological services such as flood control. Off-site impacts are increasingly recognised such as flooding, sedimentation of reservoirs and harbours, and the pollution of freshwater systems. Climate change affects all processes that contribute to land degradation and likewise off-site impacts are strongly influenced by climate. Examples are the often-reported increasing intensity of rainfall events and the frequency of drought. Mitigation measures to combat changing climates have to be designed to cope with a range of possibilities. These measures need the support of government policies. This special issue will cover the following research topics:

  • Thresholds at which climate affects degradation
  • Modelling climate change and degradation
  • Climate change, degradation and poverty
  • On-the-farm mitigation measures to combat climate change
  • Distinguishing the impact of land use and climate change
  • Climate change and off-site impacts including connectivity
  • Risk analysis under changing climate
  • Land abandonment under climate change
  • Government policies and regulation in an era of climate change


Vanessa Wong (Monash, Australia)
John Boardman (Oxford)
Donal Mullan (Belfast)
Mark Nearing (USDA, USA)

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging into the website.

Manuscript requirements

  • 6000 words maximum (not including references or abstract)
  • Follow LDD Author Guidelines located HERE
  • Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through the peer-review process.

Deadline: 29th January 2021