Letter from the Editor-In-Chief
It is a pleasure to present the second issue of the eighth volume of the Spanish Journal of Soil Science. It contains articles derived from the 15th International Conference on Soil Micromorphology held in Mexico in November-December 2016, with Héctor V. Cabadas Báez and Peter Kühn as guest editors.
Soil micromorphology is a technique applicable to all the disciplines of soil science, but is indeed essential in soil genesis and geoarchaeology. Lately, in the context of global change, there is a growing interest in knowing, on the one hand, the paleoenvironments that caused morphologies and specific microfeatures in soils; and on the other the behavior and characteristics of soils with an increasingly anthropic influence. This special issue includes articles dealing with both topics, with an emphasis on micromorphology of anthropic soils and technosols, which will contribute to considerably increase their micromorphological references.
This special issue is dedicated to Georges Stoops, micromorphologist and Professor Emeritus of the University of Ghent (Belgium), on the occasion of his 80th anniversary. It is not an exaggeration to say that it is not possible to understand the current achievements of soil micromorphology without his contribution and leadership. This special issue is a tribute to his intense and decisive activity in this field, and expresses our gratitude for continuing to be active in research and teaching. Happy Birthday, Professor!
As always, on behalf of the editorial team, we thank the authors for sending the manuscripts, the guest editors for their rigor in the selection and review of manuscripts, the referees for the quality of their reviews, and the team Universia for its professionalism.
Rosa M. Poch