Earth surface shaping by biota (ESurf/BG/ESD/ESSD/SOIL inter-journal SI)(ESurf/BG/ESD/ESSD/SOIL inter-journal SI)
Earth surface shaping by biota (ESurf/BG/ESD/ESSD/SOIL inter-journal SI)(ESurf/BG/ESD/ESSD/SOIL inter-journal SI)
Editor(s): Veerle Vanacker, Simon Mudd, Todd A. Ehlers, and Friedhelm von Blanckenburg Special issue jointly organized between Earth Surface Dynamics, Biogeosciences, Earth System Dynamics, Earth System Science Data, and SOIL
This special issue investigates the fascinating interactions between the geosphere and biosphere that are active near the Earth’s surface and within the critical zone. The special issue focuses on modelling and observational studies conducted along the extreme climate and ecological gradient of the Chilean Coastal Cordillera. We welcome submissions that address the physical or chemical processes whereby micro-organisms, animals, and plants influence the shape and development of the Earth’s surface over timescales ranging from the present day to the distant geologic past. As this topic is highly interdisciplinary in scope, we encourage submissions from diverse disciplines including geology, geography, geochemistry, surface geophysics, ecology, microbiology, soil sciences, hydrogeology, geomorphology, and climatology. Integrative studies that bridge between disciplines are particularly welcome. Two types of manuscript submissions are possible. These include either original and/or new scientific full-length research articles presenting new data and interpretations or review and synthesis papers that are invited by the editors and integrate data from different studies and disciplines to address state-of-the-science questions related to Earth surface shaping by biota.

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08 Jan 2024
A geomorphological slope unit dataset for the eastern edge of Tibetan Plateau
Xiangyi Zheng, Ying Wang, Qigen Lin, Jing Qi, Yuxin Li, Mengxia Zhao, Xinren Zhang, Xia Wang, and Yu Chen
Earth Syst. Sci. Data Discuss.,,, 2024
Preprint under review for ESSD (discussion: final response, 2 comments)
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15 Nov 2023
Effects of seasonal variations in vegetation and precipitation on catchment erosion rates along a climate and ecological gradient: insights from numerical modeling
Hemanti Sharma and Todd A. Ehlers
Earth Surf. Dynam., 11, 1161–1181,,, 2023
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07 Nov 2023
Climatic controls on leaf wax hydrogen isotope ratios in terrestrial and marine sediments along a hyperarid-to-humid gradient
Nestor Gaviria-Lugo, Charlotte Läuchli, Hella Wittmann, Anne Bernhardt, Patrick Frings, Mahyar Mohtadi, Oliver Rach, and Dirk Sachse
Biogeosciences, 20, 4433–4453,,, 2023
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14 Aug 2023
Mammalian bioturbation amplifies rates of both hillslope sediment erosion and accumulation along the Chilean climate gradient
Paulina Grigusova, Annegret Larsen, Roland Brandl, Camilo del Río, Nina Farwig, Diana Kraus, Leandro Paulino, Patricio Pliscoff, and Jörg Bendix
Biogeosciences, 20, 3367–3394,,, 2023
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14 Aug 2023
3D shear wave velocity imaging of the subsurface structure of granite rocks in the arid climate of Pan de Azúcar, Chile, revealed by Bayesian inversion of HVSR curves
Rahmantara Trichandi, Klaus Bauer, Trond Ryberg, Benjamin Heit, Jaime Araya Vargas, Friedhelm von Blanckenburg, and Charlotte M. Krawczyk
EGUsphere,,, 2023
Revised manuscript under review for ESurf (discussion: final response, 8 comments)
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22 Jun 2023
Feedbacks between the formation of secondary minerals and the infiltration of fluids into the regolith of granitic rocks in different climatic zones (Chilean Coastal Cordillera)
Ferdinand J. Hampl, Ferry Schiperski, Christopher Schwerdhelm, Nicole Stroncik, Casey Bryce, Friedhelm von Blanckenburg, and Thomas Neumann
Earth Surf. Dynam., 11, 511–528,,, 2023
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18 Apr 2023
The story of a summit nucleus: hillslope boulders and their effect on erosional patterns and landscape morphology in the Chilean Coastal Cordillera
Emma Lodes, Dirk Scherler, Renee van Dongen, and Hella Wittmann
Earth Surf. Dynam., 11, 305–324,,, 2023
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21 Feb 2023
Recently fixed carbon fuels microbial activity several meters below the soil surface
Andrea Scheibe, Carlos A. Sierra, and Marie Spohn
Biogeosciences, 20, 827–838,,, 2023
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07 Dec 2022
Biocrust-linked changes in soil aggregate stability along a climatic gradient in the Chilean Coastal Range
Nicolás Riveras-Muñoz, Steffen Seitz, Kristina Witzgall, Victoria Rodríguez, Peter Kühn, Carsten W. Mueller, Rómulo Oses, Oscar Seguel, Dirk Wagner, and Thomas Scholten
SOIL, 8, 717–731,,, 2022
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15 Feb 2022
Comparison of soil production, chemical weathering, and physical erosion rates along a climate and ecological gradient (Chile) to global observations
Mirjam Schaller and Todd A. Ehlers
Earth Surf. Dynam., 10, 131–150,,, 2022
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18 Oct 2021
Reviews and syntheses: Composition and characteristics of burrowing animals along a climate and ecological gradient, Chile
Kirstin Übernickel, Jaime Pizarro-Araya, Susila Bhagavathula, Leandro Paulino, and Todd A. Ehlers
Biogeosciences, 18, 5573–5594,,, 2021
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26 Aug 2021
Effect of rock uplift and Milankovitch timescale variations in precipitation and vegetation cover on catchment erosion rates
Hemanti Sharma, Todd A. Ehlers, Christoph Glotzbach, Manuel Schmid, and Katja Tielbörger
Earth Surf. Dynam., 9, 1045–1072,,, 2021
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16 Dec 2020
Comparison of regolith physical and chemical characteristics with geophysical data along a climate and ecological gradient, Chilean Coastal Cordillera (26 to 38° S)
Mirjam Schaller, Igor Dal Bo, Todd A. Ehlers, Anja Klotzsche, Reinhard Drews, Juan Pablo Fuentes Espoz, and Jan van der Kruk
SOIL, 6, 629–647,,, 2020
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14 Oct 2020
Do degree and rate of silicate weathering depend on plant productivity?
Ralf A. Oeser and Friedhelm von Blanckenburg
Biogeosciences, 17, 4883–4917,,, 2020
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20 Apr 2020
Drainage divide networks – Part 1: Identification and ordering in digital elevation models
Dirk Scherler and Wolfgang Schwanghart
Earth Surf. Dynam., 8, 245–259,,, 2020
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02 May 2019
Cosmogenic 10Be in river sediment: where grain size matters and why
Renee van Dongen, Dirk Scherler, Hella Wittmann, and Friedhelm von Blanckenburg
Earth Surf. Dynam., 7, 393–410,,, 2019
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08 Oct 2018
Effect of changing vegetation and precipitation on denudation – Part 2: Predicted landscape response to transient climate and vegetation cover over millennial to million-year timescales
Manuel Schmid, Todd A. Ehlers, Christian Werner, Thomas Hickler, and Juan-Pablo Fuentes-Espoz
Earth Surf. Dynam., 6, 859–881,,, 2018
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08 Oct 2018
Effect of changing vegetation and precipitation on denudation – Part 1: Predicted vegetation composition and cover over the last 21 thousand years along the Coastal Cordillera of Chile
Christian Werner, Manuel Schmid, Todd A. Ehlers, Juan Pablo Fuentes-Espoz, Jörg Steinkamp, Matthew Forrest, Johan Liakka, Antonio Maldonado, and Thomas Hickler
Earth Surf. Dynam., 6, 829–858,,, 2018
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06 Apr 2018
Estimates of late Cenozoic climate change relevant to Earth surface processes in tectonically active orogens
Sebastian G. Mutz, Todd A. Ehlers, Martin Werner, Gerrit Lohmann, Christian Stepanek, and Jingmin Li
Earth Surf. Dynam., 6, 271–301,,, 2018
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