Soil & Water Conservation

Sustainable Management of Land Resources
An Indian Perspective

Editors: G. P. Obi Reddy, PhD
N. G. Patil, PhD
Arun Chaturvedi, PhD

Sustainable Management of Land Resources

Published. Available now.
Pub Date: August 2017
Hardback Price: $179.95 US
Hard ISBN: 9781771885171
E-Book ISBN: 978-1-315-36556-5
Pages: 822pp w/ Index
Binding Type: hardback
Notes: 116 b/w illustrations

“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, Ex-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

“An excellent compilation of papers written by authors from prestigious scientific institutions like the Indian Space Research Organization, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, and state agricultural universities. It covers important topics of land resource inventory and evaluation, geospatial technologies in land resource mapping and management, soil nutrient status and management, and land use planning and livelihood security, with case studies conducted in the different regions of India. The uses and merits of frontier technologies of remote sensing, Geographical Information System (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) in land resource mapping and management have been documented well in this book. The hotspot paper on Bt cotton, a genetically modified crop, narrates the changes the crop brought into the land use system of India. Reading the book givse a feeling of traversing through the land resource and land use geography of India.”
—Vadivelu S., Consultant, Karnataka State Remote Sensing Applications Centre, Karnataka, India

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:

  • 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.


1 Land Resource Inventory, Mapping and Management: An Indian Perspective
G. P. Obi Reddy, S. K. Singh, N. G. Patil, and A. Chaturvedi
2 Soil Management and Land Use Planning: An Indian Perspective
N. G. Patil, S. K. Singh, G. P. Obi Reddy, and A. Chaturvedi

Part I: Land Resource Inventory and Characterization
3 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
4 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
5 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
6 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
7 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
8 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
9 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

Part II: Geospatial Technologies in Land Resource Mapping and Management
10 Geospatial Tools and Techniques in Land Resource Inventory
Suresh Kumar
11 Morphometric Analysis Using GIS Techniques: A Case Study from the Basaltic Terrain of Central India
Nisha Sahu, G. P.Obi Reddy, Nirmal Kumar, M. S. S. Nagaraju, Rajeev Srivastava, and S. K. Singh
12 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
13 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
14 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
15 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
16 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

Part III: Soil Nutrient Status and Management
17 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
18 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
19 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
20 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
21 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
22 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
23 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
24 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

Part IV: Land Use Planning and Livelihood Security
25 Status of Land Use Planning in India
N. G. Patil and S. K. Singh
26 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
27 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
28 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
29 Nutrient Optima-Based Productivity Zonality and Rationale of Fertilizer Use in Citrus
A. K. Srivastava and S. N. Das
30 Impact of Mahatma Gandhi Nregs on Land Use Pattern and Natural Resource Management in Drought Prone Rayalaseema Region of Andhra Pradesh, India
Suresh Babu and G. Rajanikanth

About the Authors / Editors:
Editors: G. P. Obi Reddy, PhD
Principal Scientist, Division of Remote Sensing Applications, ICAR-National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning (NBSS&LUP), Nagpur, India

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 70 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
Principal Scientist, Indian Council of Agricultural Research; Editor-in-Chief, Indian Society of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning

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
Principal Scientist and Head, Division of Land Use Planning, ICAR-National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning, Nagpur, India; President, Indian Society of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning

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 Vice President of the Soil Conservation Society of India (present). He has three books and more than 50 research papers to his credit.

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