Call for Papers: Special Issue on GIS Applied to Soil-Agricultural Health for Environmental Sustainability (GASHES-21)

Guest Editors
Dr. Pravat Kumar Shit, Ph.D. (Leading GE)
PG Department of Geography, Raja N. L. Khan Women’s College (Autonomous), Vidyasagar University, Midnapore, India

Dr. Partha Pratim Adhikary, Ph.D.
ICAR-Indian Institute of Water Management,  Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

Professor Debashish Sengupta, Ph.D.
Department of Geology and Geophysics, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, India

Scope of the Special Issue

Soil and agricultural systems are an integral part of the global environment and human well‐being, providing multiple goods and services essential for people worldwide and crucial for sustainable development. Soil contamination is an environmental hazard, has become a big issue related to environmental health and risk. The challenge of 21st century is to reduce the contaminant load and bring it to below permissible level. The contamination is not only a problem affecting local environments at the place of occurrence but also spreading to other regions because of easy transportation of pollutants. This leads to direct and indirect contamination of land and aquatic systems, surface water and groundwater, inducing significant risks for natural ecosystems. The liquid waste and lechates generated from the solid waste percolate into the ground and causing problems like groundwater contamination, degradation of vegetation, modification of soil properties etc. Soil is a "universal sink" bears the greatest burden of environmental pollution. It is getting polluted in a number of ways. However, the urgent need for proper assessment and prediction through machine learning (ML) & deep learning (DL) techniques, GIS data management and modern geospatial modeling to control and management of soil pollution in order to preserve soil fertility and increase productivity as well as reduce the ecological risk.

The aim of this special issue on “GIS Applied to Soil-Agricultural Health for Environmental Sustainability” (GASHES-21) is to identify the soil and agricultural contaminants, risk assessment, and focuses on the decision making and planning point of view through GIS data management, and spatial analysis.

The topics relevant to the Special Issue include (but are not limited to) the following topics

  • Soil and sediments pollution, and remediation
  • Irrigation for sustainable crop yield 
  • Anthropocene effects on soil and agriculture health and safety
  • Microbiology of Soil and Sediments
  • Soil Salinity and Sodicity
  • Pollution from Landfill Sites
  • Soil erosion and contamination from agricultural activities
  • Heavy metal pollution and health risk  
  • Environmental impact and risk assessment
  • Sustainable Land Use, landscape management and governance
  • Soil degradation and Risk assessment
  • Climate change and Agricultural productivity   
  • Soil pollution by industrial effluents and solid wastes
  • Pollution control and mitigation in extreme environments
  • Groundwater and surface water pollution related to soil health and agricultural productivity
  • GIS modeling and Machine learning (ML) for soil health and agricultural sustainability.

Realistic Timeline:

Open call for paper: October 01, 2021
Deadline for full paper submissions: January 31, 2022

All full papers must be submitted through the Editorial Manager system ( ). When submitting your manuscripts, please specify that your paper is a contribution for the Special Issue entitled “GIS Applied to Soil-Agricultural Health for Environmental Sustainability (GASHES-21)”  and select the article type “SI: GASHES-21”. Please also refer to the Submission Guidelines (via ) prior to submission for the proper format of your manuscripts.