17 April 2018

Soil sealing and unsealing: State of the art and examples


Franz Conen Adrian Duss Leonore M. Wenzel Christine Buser Christine Alewell

Soil sealing for urban and infrastructure development constitutes the most intense form of land
degradation and affects all ecosystem services. Researchers and policy makers have become
aware of this fact and call for limiting development and compensating for new soil sealing with
unsealing measures. In a literature review, we found that the state of research about the impacts
of soil sealing is far more advanced than about the potential and prerequisites of unsealing. In
practice, soil restoration after mining and construction activities as well as redevelopment or
renaturation of abandoned industrial sites are increasingly important issues, but systematic
research on the success of soil unsealing and restoration is rare. In particular, the development
of soils and vegetation after unsealing and restoration measures as well as their potential to provide
ecosystem services need more detailed investigation.
In 3 case studies, we demonstrate that replacing a sealed surface with soil to restore ecosystem
services is always beneficial for humans and nature. An indicator‐based mapping approach
revealed the potential performance of different ecosystem services at former industrial sites in
Switzerland. When unsealed sites are transformed to pioneer habitats, the intended vegetation
may successfully be regained, but landscape connectivity is hardly enhanced due to increased
overall landscape fragmentation. Our investigations show that with the techniques currently
applied, the soil physical parameters in a restored agricultural soil developed favourably for crop
growth within 15 years. However, unsealed soils are anthropogenic soils with reduced
multifunctionality, and protecting natural soil against sealing is always the better option.


9 April 2018

Call for Editors, Early Career Editor and Digital Editor for REGIONAL STUDIES


Call for Editors, Early Career Editor and Digital Editor for REGIONAL STUDIES 
The Regional Studies Association seeks to appoint three Editors, one Early Career Editor and a Digital Editor to its flagship journal, Regional Studies.
Editors (three positions available)
The Editors support the Editor-in-Chief, David Bailey (Aston University, UK), in managing the peer review of submissions in their area of expertise, enhancing the journal’s reputation as a world-leading publication in the field of regional studies, and ensuring that it is in a position to attract the best authors and papers for its readership.
Early Career Editor (one position available)
The appointment of the Early Career Editor is open to candidates within five years of the date on their PhD certificate on 3rd June 2018. The appointment is similar to the role of Editor (above) but is a mentored role and will normally have a fixed term of three years after which it will be re-advertised. Re-application as the Early Career Editor is not permitted as this position is designed to offer capacity building and training within the academy.
Digital Editor (one position available)
This is a new role to develop the journal’s digital and social media presence. It is expected that the Digital Editor will manage the journal’s social media accounts and strategy to best disseminate journal content and engage with readers and followers about the journal, trends in the field and publishing tips and queries. The Digital Editor will also be expected to oversee the peer review of a limited number of submissions to the journal to allow them to engage in day-to-day editorial processes.
The successful candidates appointed to all positions will be expected to join the RSA as Members throughout their term. Current non-Members may apply. Further details on are available from the Regional Studies Association Office and here.
Closing date: No later than 5pm (UK time) 17th May 2018
Regional Studies Association
Sussex Innovation Centre, Science Park Square, Falmer BN1 9SB, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 1323 899 698, Fax: +44 (0) 1323 899 798

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