Recent advances and future directions in soils and sediments research

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Owens, Philip N
Xu, Zhihong
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2011
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In 2010, the Journal of Soils and Sediments (JSS) reached a milestone: its 10th anniversary. This prompted us to think about where the academic community has come in its understanding of the behaviour of soils and sediments within landscapes. The rapid growth of the journal and the number of papers published in it, and other related journals, suggests, probably correctly, that there is much interest in the topics of soils and sediments. In the January 2011 editorial (Xu and Owens 2011), we presented an overview of some of the main developments in the past 10 years and provided some future directions of JSS for 2011 and beyond. In that editorial we indicated that a more comprehensive editorial would be published in the journal on the recent advances and future directions of soils and sediments research. The following sections are presented to fulfill this commitment and start a dialogue with the journal subject editors, authors and readers in these important areas of soils and sediments research. The dawn of the next decade of JSS is a good time to reflect on progress to-date and, more importantly, to consider where research needs to go in the years ahead; a time of rapid environment change, a time of rapid population growth, and a time when society is increasingly looking to science to provide the understanding (and solutions) to the problems that we face.

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Journal of Soils and Sediments
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11
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Earth sciences
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