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Journal of Sustainable Watershed Science and Management is a multi-disciplinary Scientific Journal which recognizes watershed as the management unit within which natural resources and environmental management issues are addressed in integrated approaches involving physical, biological, socio-economical, legal and policy prospective as they relate to sustainability. It also recognizes sustainability as a dynamic concept which accommodates all forms of change (e.g., climate, population, land use).

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Aims and Scope

Journal of Sustainable Watershed Science and Management is a multi-disciplinary Scientific Journal which recognizes watershed as the management unit within which natural resources and environmental management issues are addressed in integrated approaches involving physical, biological, socio-economical, legal and policy prospective as they relate to sustainability. It also recognizes sustainability as a dynamic concept which accommodates all forms of change (e.g., climate, population, land use).

Scientists are invited to publish their fundamental, strategic and applied research in any of the areas stated below, or other topical areas of relevance:

  • Establishment and evaluation of watershed science and management programs and policies
  • Anthropogenic and human manipulation of landscapes and the water cycle
  • Watershed sustainability from a holistic/comprehensive scope including physical, biological, socioeconomic and policy issues
  • Determinants, indicators and criteria of watershed sustainability
  • Contrasts in multiple land-use settings, e.g. urban vs. rural, forest, range lands, cropland
  • Degradation threats and mechanisms (include routine vs. catastrophic storms)
  • Data requirements, scaling and aggregation (point vs. spatially distributed measurements, plot scale experiment vs. watershed)
  • Modeling in the face of global land use and climate change
  • Human dimensions and cultural influences
  • Managing watersheds in public vs. private lands
  • Quantifying watershed productivity (water, carbon, vegetation, wildlife, recreation, ecotourism and non-market values)
  • Contrasting different watershed management approaches: indigenous vs. contemporary, balancing biological and engineering approaches, limits to biological measures
  • Adoption of BMPs for adoption under diverse agro-ecological zones
  • Special considerations for desertification-vulnerable regions (arid and semi-arid)
  • Interlinks between inland and coastal management, and water quality
  • Social/economic conflicts and resolutions (e.g. upland-lowland issues)
  • Analyses and standards for downstream impacts (TMDL, etc,…)
  • Waste disposal & management for WS protection

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