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We are now entering the third decade of the 21st century, and recent drylands-focused research has led to major advances in our understanding of the coupled roles of climatic, edaphic, biotic, and anthropogenic processes in dryland ecosystem function, degradation, and sustainable management. Frontiers has ...

We are now entering the third decade of the 21st century, and recent drylands-focused research has led to major advances in our understanding of the coupled roles of climatic, edaphic, biotic, and anthropogenic processes in dryland ecosystem function, degradation, and sustainable management. Frontiers has organized a series of Research Topics to highlight the latest advancements in science in order to be at the forefront of science in different fields of research. This editorial initiative, led by Professor Niall Hanan, Specialty Chief Editor of the Drylands section, together with Dr. Lindsay Hutley, is focused on new insights, novel developments, current challenges, latest discoveries, recent advances, and future perspectives in the drylands field.

The Research Topic solicits brief, forward-looking contributions that describe recent developments and major accomplishments in drylands, including deserts, arid and drought-seasonal ecosystems worldwide, and identify opportunities and priorities for future research. Authors are encouraged to identify the greatest challenges in their sub-disciplines, and how to address those challenges.

The goal of this Research Topic is to shed light on the progress made in recent years in the drylands field, provide a thorough overview of the status of the field, and identify future challenges. This article collection will inspire, inform, and provide direction and guidance to researchers in the field.

Submission to this article collection is upon invitation only with contributions selected in advance and managed by the Topic Editors and the Editorial office. Interest to contribute to this article collection should be directed to environmentalscience@frontiersin.org.

Photo courtesy: Lindsay Hutley, 2018

Keywords: drylands, drought-seasonal ecosystems, deserts, arid ecosystems, sustainable management, ecosystem function, degradation


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