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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Preface to the Special Issue of the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation on "water Research and Management in Semiarid Environments"

Authors
item GOODRICH, DAVID
item Simanton, John

Submitted to: Water Research and Management in Semiarid Environments Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: September 1, 1995
Publication Date: N/A

Interpretive Summary: Arid and semiarid environments cover more than one-third of the world's land surface. Sound water and soil management in these areas is crucial because they are particularly sensitive to climate variability and the increasing impacts of humankind's use of the land. This paper serves as an introduction to a meeting entitled "Water Research and Management in Semiarid Environments." The goals of the meeting were to evaluate the collective knowledge of arid and semiarid hydrologic and erosion processes by reflecting upon past accomplishments, the current science, and research trends for the 21st century.

Technical Abstract: Arid and semiarid environments cover more than one-third of the world's land surface. Sound water and soil management in these areas is crucial because they are particularly sensitive to climate variability and anthropogenic effects. An international symposium "Water Research and Management in Semiarid Environments" was convened to focus on these issues. .The goals of the symposium were to evaluate the collective knowledge of arid and semiarid hydrologic and erosion processes by reflecting upon past accomplishments, the state-of-the-science, and research trends for the 21st century. In addition, the symposium was a vehicle to honor Dr. Kenneth G. Renard for his accomplishments leading to a better understanding of the water and soil resources of arid and semiarid environments and their management, as well as his contributions to the establishment of the renowned Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed.

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