Call for Papers: Special Issue “Modelling Land Use in Challenging Terrains”

Related GLP Member: Kerstin Jantke

Dear Colleague,

Humans use land for food, fodder, fiber, and bioenergy production, in even the most challenging of terrains, from the high valleys in the Himalayas to the dry sandy soils in Namibia and the flood plains of Bangladesh. Modelling biomass production in these terrains and climates often poses a challenge to scientists, as accurate climate data can be difficult to produce and/or obtain, or information on local management practices may not be readily available. Input data or data for calibration/validation purposes may come from different sources of varying quality and not match well. Specific soil, hydrological or pest and disease processes that are required may not yet be implemented in traditional crop or forest growth models, or may not be straightforward to portray. The challenges faced by modelers can be manifold. Therefore, in this Special Issue, we wish to explore these challenges, show ways to deal with the issues, or report on failures in order to identify areas where innovations are needed.

Dr. Livia Rasche
Dr. Kerstin Jantke
Dr. R. A. J. Taylor
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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 a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Land is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • crop modelling
  • forest ecosystem modelling
  • watershed modelling
  • data issues
  • management practices
  • soil processes
  • hydrological processes
  • land use
  • land management
  • land use modelling