Soil salinity is a global problem that extends across all continents in more than 100 countries of the world, presenting a major threat to farm agricultural production, leading to adverse implications for food security, environmental health, and economic welfare. The restoration of affected land and management of soil salinity will go a long way in meeting the foreseen needed 57% increase in global food production by the year 2050 to feed the growing world population at the current levels of per capita food supply.
About the Authors / Editors:
Editors: S. K. Gupta, PhD
INAE Distinguished Professor, Central Soil Salinity Research Institute, Karnal, India
S. K. Gupta, PhD, CE, received his BSc (1970) and MSc (1976) degree in Agricultural Engineering from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India; and PhD in 1984 from Jawahar Lal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, India. Since 1971, he has worked at Central Soil Salinity Research Institute, Karnal, India, in various capacities, such as Principal Scientist; Head, Division of Drainage and Water Management; Head Indo-Dutch Network Project; and Project Coordinator, Use of Saline Water in Agriculture. At present, he is working as INAE Distinguished Professor at the same place after superannuating from the Central Soil Salinity Research Institute, Karnal, India. He has published 13 books. His area of expertise is irrigation and drainage engineering. He is chief editor of the Journal of Water Management, published by the Indian Society of Water Management (ISWM), New Delhi, India.
Megh R. Goyal, PhD, PE
Retired Professor in Agricultural and Biomedical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus Senior Acquisitions Editor, Biomedical Engineering and Agricultural Science, Apple Academic Press, Inc
Megh R. Goyal, PhD, PE, is, at present, a Retired Professor in Agricultural and Biomedical Engineering from the General Engineering Department in the College of Engineering at University of Puerto Rico–Mayaguez Campus; and Senior Acquisitions Editor and Senior Technical Editor-in-Chief in Agricultural and Biomedical Engineering for Apple Academic Press Inc.,
Dr. Goyal received his BSc degree in Engineering in 1971 from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India; his MSc degree in 1977; and PhD degree in 1979 from the Ohio State University, Columbus; and his Master of Divinity degree in 2001 from Puerto Rico Evangelical Seminary, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, USA.
Since 1971 he has worked as Soil Conservation Inspector (1971); Research Assistant at Haryana Agricultural University (1972-75) and the Ohio State University (1975-79); Research Agricultural Engineer/Professor at Department of Agricultural Engineering of UPRM (1979-1997); and Professor in Agricultural and Biomedical Engineering at General Engineering Department of UPRM (1997-2012). He spent one-year sabbatical leave in 2002–2003 at Biomedical Engineering Department, Florida International University, Miami, USA.
He was first agricultural engineer to receive the professional license in Agricultural Engineering in 1986 from College of Engineers and Surveyors of Puerto Rico. On September 16, 2005, he was proclaimed as “Father of Irrigation Engineering in Puerto Rico for the twentieth century” by the ASABE, Puerto Rico Section, for his pioneer work on micro irrigation, evapotranspiration, agroclimatology, and soil and water engineering. During his professional career of 45 years, he has received awards such as: Scientist of the Year, Blue Ribbon Extension Award, Research Paper Award, Nolan Mitchell Young Extension Worker Award, Agricultural Engineer of the Year, Citations by Mayors of Juana Diaz and Ponce, Membership Grand Prize for ASAE Campaign, Felix Castro Rodriguez Academic Excellence, RashtryaRatan Award and Bharat Excellence Award and Gold Medal, Domingo Marrero Navarro Prize, Adopted son of Moca, Irrigation Protagonist of UPRM, Man of Drip Irrigation by Mayor of Municipalities of Mayaguez/Caguas/Ponce and Senate/Secretary of Agriculture of ELA, Puerto Rico.
He has authored more than 200 journal articles and textbooks, including Elements of Agroclimatology (Spanish) by UNISARC, Colombia; two Bibliographies on Drip Irrigation. His published books with Apple Academic Press include Management of Drip/Trickle or Micro Irrigation and Evapotranspiration: Principles and Applications for Water Management, among others. Dr. Goyal is the senior editor of three book series for AAP: Research Advances in Sustainable Micro Irrigation, Innovations and Challenges in Micro Irrigation, and Innovations in Agricultural and Biological Engineering.
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