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Sustainable Management of Land Resources
An Indian Perspective

ISBN 9781771885171
Published August 24, 2017 by Apple Academic Press
796 Pages 116 B/W Illustrations

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The depletion of land resources is one of the greatest challenges for mankind in this millennium. Shrinking land resources, weather aberrations, deterioration of land quality, and the globalization and liberalization of market economies have become intertwined to influence the sustainable management of land resources and land use plans. This important volume, Sustainable Management of Land Resources: An Indian Perspective, addresses these challenges. This comprehensive volume, covering important research, much of it gathered with the use of new technology, tools, and applications, is organized into four sections: (add bullets)

  • land resource inventory and characterization
  • geospatial technologies in land resource mapping and management
  • soil nutrient status and management
  • land use planning and livelihood security

The volume looks at how scientists translate their knowledge and experience in sustainable land resources and management into implementable policy decisions, with a particular focus on India. Since India is an agrarian economy, the land resources assume a very critical role affecting the livelihood of a vast majority of populace in the country. The information gathered—and the methods by which it is gathered—is applicable globally.

This comprehensive publication will be highly useful for the researchers, academicians, extension workers, policymakers, planners, officials of land resources survey, planning and management institutions/agencies/departments, and others.

Table of Contents

Land Resource Inventory, Mapping and Management: An Indian Perspective

G. P. Obi Reddy, S. K. Singh, N. G. Patil, and A. Chaturvedi

Soil Management and Land Use Planning: An Indian Perspective

N. G. Patil, S. K. Singh, G. P. Obi Reddy, and A. Chaturvedi

Land Resource Inventory and Evaluation for Agricultural Land Use Planning in Semi-Arid Ecosystem of Western India

B. P. Bhaskar, A. Chaturvedi, T. Bhattacharyya, and S. S. Gaikwad

Characterization and Classification of Soils of Purna Valley in Semi-Arid Region, Central India

R. K. Naitam, V. K. Kharche, V. V. Gabhane, T. Bhattacharyya, S. M. Taley, and N. M. Konde

Evaluation of Shrink-Swell Soils in Semi-Arid Regions of Central India for Soil Resource Management and Sustainable Agriculture

Prakash R. Kadu and V. K. Kharche

Mapping and Characterization of Salt Affected Soils for Reclamation and Management: A Case Study from the Trans-Gangetic Plain of India

A. K. Mandal, Ranbir Singh, P. K. Joshi, and D. K. Sharma

Characterization of Coastal Soils for Enhancement of Productivity and Livelihood Security: A Case Study from Coastal Plains of West Bengal, India

S. K. Gangopadhyay, S. K. Reza, S. Mukhopadhyay, D. C. Nayak, and S. K. Singh

Assessment of Land Degradation Vulnerability: A Case Study from Part of Western Ghats and West Coast of India

K. S. Anil Kumar, M. Lalitha, Sidharam Patil, B. Kalaiselvi, K. M. Nair, and S. K. Singh

Major and Trace Element Geochemistry in Ferruginous Soils Developed Under Hot Humid Malabar Region, India

P. N. Dubey, B. P. Bhaskar, P. Chandran, B. Singh, and B. K. Mishra

Geospatial Tools and Techniques in Land Resource Inventory

Suresh Kumar

Morphometric Analysis Using GIS Techniques: A Case Study from Basaltic Terrain of Central India

Nisha Sahu, G. P.Obi Reddy, Nirmal Kumar, M. S. S. Nagaraju, Rajeev Srivastava, and S. K. Singh

Digital Terrain Analysis and Geomorhological Mapping Using Remote Sensing and GIS: A Case Study from Central India

B. S. Manjare, Priti Jambhulkar, M. A. Padhye, and S. S. Girhe

Time Series Satellite Data and GIS for Crop Acreage Estimation: A Case Study from Central India

A. R. Pimpale, P. B. Rajankar, S. B. Wadatkar, and I. K. Ramteke

Assessment of Gross Primary Productivity in Semi Arid Agricultural Region of Central India Using Temporal Modis Data

Jugal Kishore Mani, A. O. Varghese, and A. K. Joshi

Land Suitability Evaluation for Soybean Using Temporal Satellite Data and GIS: A Case Study from Central India

Nirmal Kumar, G. P. Obi Reddy, S. Chatterji, Rajeev Srivastava, and S. K. Singh

Geospatial Technologies in Development of Soil Information System and Prototype Geoportal

G. P. Obi Reddy, S. K. Singh, Nirmal Kumar, C. Mandal, Rajeev Srivastava, A. K. Maji, and Dipak Sarkar

Geo-Referenced Soil Fertility Monitoring for Optimized Fertilizer Use: A Case Study from Semi-Arid Region of Western India

R. N. Katkar, V. K. Kharche, S. R. Lakhe, U. D. Ikhe, A. B. Age, and D. V. Mali

Assessment of Soil Fertility Status in Soybean Growing Soils: A Case Study from Semi-Arid Region of Central India

A. S. Gajare and A. S. Dhawan

Soil Acidity and Poor Nutrient Status: Emerging Issues for Agricultural Land Use Planning in Jamtara District of Jharkhand

A. K. Sahoo, S. K. Singh, D. C. Nayak, S. Mukhopadhyay, T. Banerjee, D. Sarkar, A. K. Sarkar, B. K. Agarwal, and D. K. Shahi

Spatial Distribution of Available Nutrients in Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) Grown Soils of Farmer Fields in Andhra Pradesh

B. Vajantha, M. Umadevi, M. C. Patnaik, M. Rajkumar, M. Subbarao, and M. V. S. Naidu

Management of Sodic Black Calcareous Soils: A Case Study from Central India

A. O. Shirale, V. K. Kharche, R. S. Zadode, R. N. Katkar, B. P. Meena, and A. B. Age

Impact of Land Configuration and Integrated Nutrient Management on Productivity of Rainfed Cotton in Vertisols of Central India

V. V. Gabhane, Rupali Ghogare, M. B. Nagdeve, M. M. Ganvir, and A. B. Turkhede

Impact of Tank Silt on Soil Quality and Crop Productivity in Rainfed Areas: A Case Study from Central India

V. K. Kharche, S. M. Patil, D. V. Mali, S. M. Jadhao, A. O. Shirale, and R. N. Katkar

Impact of Treated Domestic Sewage Water Irrigation on Soil Properties, Maize Yield and Plant Uptake: A Case Study from Nagpur City, Central India

A. R. Mhaske, S. M. Taley, and R. N. Katkar

Status of Land Use Planning in India

N. G. Patil and S. K. Singh

Land Resource Inventory Towards Village Level Agricultural Land Use Planning

V. Ramamurthy, S. K. Singh, S. Chattaraj, G. P. Obi Reddy, and S. C. Ramesh Kumar

A Decade of Bt Cotton in India: Land Use Changes and Other Socio-Economic Consequences

M. V. Venugopalan, A. R. Reddy, K. R. Kranthi, M. S. Yadav, Vandana Satish, and Dhanashree Pable

Land Evaluation for Rainfed Cotton: A Case Study from Central India

Dhanashree Pable, S. Chatterji, T. K. Sen, M. V. Venugopalan, and J. D. Giri

Nutrient Optima-Based Productivity Zonality and Rationale of Fertilizer Use in Citrus

A. K. Srivastava and S. N. Das

Impact of Mahatma Gandhi Nregs on Land Use Pattern and Natural Resource Management in Drought Prone Rayalaseema Region of Andhra Pradesh, India

V. Suresh Babu and G. Rajanikanth

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G. P. Obi Reddy, PhD, is a Principal Scientist in the Division of Remote Sensing Applications, ICAR-National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning (NBSS&LUP), Nagpur, India. He teaches courses on geomorphology, remote sensing and GIS applications in land resource management. He has published more than 65 research articles in peer-reviewed national and international journals. Some of his other publications include Soil Erosion of Goa, Degraded and Wastelands of India-Status and Spatial Distribution, Acid Soils of India: Their Extent and Spatial Variability, Assessment of Soil Loss for Prioritization of Sub-watersheds: A Remote Sensing and GIS Approach, Remote Sensing and GIS in Digital Terrain Analysis and Soil-Landscape Modeling. Currently he is the Honorary Secretary of the Indian Society of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning. In recognition of his outstanding contributions in applications of geospatial technologies and tools in management of the soil resources database of national importance, the Indian Society of Remote Sensing conferred on him the 2007 Indian National Geospatial Award and 2013 National Geospatial Award for Excellence. His areas of specialization include remote sensing and GIS applications in geomorphology, digital terrain analysis, landform mapping, soil-landscape modeling, land use/land cover studies, watershed characterization, land resource management, and design and development of soil information systems. He obtained his doctoral degree in geography from Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Anantapur, India, and later he joined the Agriculture Research Service (ARS).

N. G. Patil, PhD, is a Principal Scientist whose specialization is soil and water conservation engineering. Later he joined Agriculture Research Service (ARS) and since then he has been an active researcher in different institutions of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. He has more than 24 years of research experience covering different facets of natural resources management. He has worked extensively in the field of soil hydraulics and agriculture water management and land use planning. His contributions in building the Geo-referenced Soil Information System of the country through the development of pedotransfer functions are well recognized. His research contributions have been published in highly reputed international and national journals. He also serves as an editor and reviewer for many international journals published from USA, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Currently he is an Editor-in-Chief of the Indian Society of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning. He obtained a BTech (agricultural engineering) from Mahatma Phule Agricultural University, Rahuri (Maharashtra) in 1988. He also studied at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, for masters degree in technology during 1988-90.

Arun Chaturvedi, PhD, is a Principal Scientist and Head, Division of Land Use Planning at ICAR-National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning, Nagpur, India. His specialization is in land use planning, remote sensing, and GIS. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Bhoo-Vigyan Vikas Foundation, New Delhi, and was a member of UNEP-CSE committee for "Alternative Approaches to Urban Development" during 1984-85, as well as a member of the DSTE Committee for project formulation and evaluation. He worked as member of the Working Group for the UNESCO-NCERT Panel on Educational Films on Environment during June 1986. He has received several awards, including the Bhoo-Vigyan Sammaan from the Bhoo-Vigyan Vikas Foundation during 2005; the CLUMA Award during 2005 from the Center for Land Use and Management, Hyderabad; and a NAGI Citation during 2000 from the National Association of Geographers, India. He has held many important roles, including founding Joint Secretary of the Indian Society of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning (1986–1988); Honorary Secretary of the Indian Society of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning (2003–2005); Chairman of the Commission on Digital Mapping Techniques, NAGI (2002–2006); Vice President of the National Association of Geographers, India (1999-2000); President of the Indian Society of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning; and President of the Indian Society of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning (present). He has three books and more than 50 research papers to his credit.


"Grouped into four sections, namely land resource inventory and characterization; geospatial technologies in land resource mapping and management; soil nutrient status and management; and land use planning and livelihood security. I appreciate and congratulate the editors of the volume for this excellent achievement. . . . Extremely valuable for students, researchers, planners and policymakers. . . . Highly beneficial for the better understanding of the land resources and to formulate future research, development, and extension programs in optimizing land resources for sustainable agricultural land use planning."

—From the Foreword by Alok K. Sikka, Deputy Director General (NRM), Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR), New Delhi, India

"First of its kind. Edited by eminent scholars in their respective fields, the volume’s main thrust is the sustainable management of natural resources by employing the latest techniques. It is very interesting to link the nutrient status with managerial skills for livelihood security. Moreover, now with the fast-changing global scenario, the geospatial techniques will help to generate data more quickly and accurately for land resource mapping and management, which is amply documented and effectively explained. This publication of high academic caliber definitely will be of immense use for teachers, research scholars, students and planners."

—Dr. G. S. Sidhu, Former National Consultant, Soil Health Card Programme, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, New Delhi, and Former Head & Principal Scientist, ICAR-National Bureau of Soil Survey & Land Use Planning, Regional Centre Delhi, India