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Palynology and Vegetation History

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Book Series: Frontiers Research Topics ISSN: 16648714 ISBN: 9782889456871 Year: Pages: 288 DOI: 10.3389/978-2-88945-687-1 Language: English
Publisher: Frontiers Media SA
Subject: Science (General) --- Ecology
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This Research Topic commemorates the centenary of the first quantitative pollen diagram by Lennart von Post, the founder of paleoecological palynology. The main aim is to provide a thorough view of the use of palynology in aspects such as the reconstruction of Quaternary vegetation and environmental changes, the role of natural and anthropogenic drivers in the development of the Quaternary vegetation, the shaping of present-day ecological and biogeographical patterns, the potential application of this knowledge in biodiversity conservation and landscape restoration and the development of new methods of pollen analysis and data management. The Research Topic is subdivided into four main conceptual parts, namely (1) modern analog studies; (2) land cover estimates from pollen data; (3) vegetation dynamics reconstructions from Europe, North and South America, Africa and Oceania; and (4) large-scale reviews and meta-analyses. Hopefully, this Research Topic will serve to appraise the state of the art of modern palynology and highlight the usefulness of this discipline in long-term ecological research.

Recent Advances in Novel Materials for Future Spintronics

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ISBN: 9783038979760 9783038979777 Year: Pages: 152 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03897-977-7 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Science (General) --- Chemistry (General)
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As we all know, electrons carry both charge and spin. The processing of information in conventional electronic devices is based only on the charge of electrons. Spin electronics, or spintronics, uses the spin of electrons, as well as their charge, to process information. Metals, semiconductors, and insulators are the basic materials that constitute the components of electronic devices, and these types of materials have been transforming all aspects of society for over a century. In contrast, magnetic metals, half-metals (including zero-gap half-metals), magnetic semiconductors (including spin-gapless semiconductors), dilute magnetic semiconductors, and magnetic insulators are the materials that will form the basis for spintronic devices. This book aims to collect a range of papers on novel materials that have intriguing physical properties and numerous potential practical applications in spintronics.

The Archaeology of Europe’s Drowned Landscapes

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Book Series: Coastal Research Library ISBN: 9783030373672 Year: Pages: 561 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-37367-2 Language: English
Publisher: Springer Nature
Subject: Archaeology --- Geography --- Science (General)
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This open access volume provides for the first time a comprehensive description and scientific evaluation of underwater archaeological finds referring to human occupation of the continental shelf around the coastlines of Europe and the Mediterranean when sea levels were lower than present. These are the largest body of underwater finds worldwide, amounting to over 2500 find spots, ranging from individual stone tools to underwater villages with unique conditions of preservation. The material reviewed here ranges in date from the Lower Palaeolithic period to the Bronze Age and covers 20 countries bordering all the major marine basins from the Atlantic coasts of Ireland and Norway to the Black Sea, and from the western Baltic to the eastern Mediterranean. The finds from each country are presented in their archaeological context, with information on the history of discovery, conditions of preservation and visibility, their relationship to regional changes in sea-level and coastal geomorphology, and the institutional arrangements for their investigation and protection. Editorial introductions summarise the findings from each of the major marine basins. There is also a final section with extensive discussion of the historical background and the legal and regulatory frameworks that inform the management of the underwater cultural heritage and collaboration between offshore industries, archaeologists and government agencies. The volume is based on the work of COST Action TD0902 SPLASHCOS, a multi-disciplinary and multi-national research network supported by the EU-funded COST organisation (European Cooperation in Science and Technology). The primary readership is research and professional archaeologists, marine and Quaternary scientists, cultural-heritage managers, commercial and governmental organisations, policy makers, and all those with an interest in the sea floor of the continental shelf and the human impact of changes in climate, sea-level and coastal geomorphology.

Polymeric Systems as Antimicrobial or Antifouling Agents

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ISBN: 9783039284566 / 9783039284573 Year: Pages: 400 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03928-457-3 Language: eng
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Social Sciences --- Sociology
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The rapid increase in the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains, combined with a dwindling rate of discovery of novel antibiotic molecules, has created an alarming issue worldwide. Although the occurrence of resistance in microbes is a natural process, the overuse of antibiotics is known to increase the rate of resistance evolution. Under antibiotic treatment, susceptible bacteria inevitably die, while resistant microorganisms proliferate under reduced competition. Therefore, the out-of-control use of antibiotics eliminates drug-susceptible species that would naturally limit the expansion of resistant species. In addition, the ability of many microbial species to grow as a biofilm has further complicated the treatment of infections with conventional antibiotics. A number of corrective measures are currently being explored to reverse or slow antibiotic resistance evolution, Among which one of the most promising solutions is the development of polymer-based antimicrobial compounds. In this Special Issue, different polymer systems able to prevent or treat biofilm formation, including cationic polymers, antibacterial peptide-mimetic polymers, polymers or composites able to load and release bioactive molecules, and antifouling polymers able to repel microbes by physical or chemical mechanisms are reported. Their applications in the design and fabrication of medical devices, in food packaging, and as drug carriers is investigated.

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cationic polymers --- imidization --- quaternization --- antimicrobial properties --- hemolytic activity --- coatings from nanoparticles --- biocompatible polymer --- antimicrobial polymer --- dynamic light scattering --- coatings wettability --- microbicidal coatings --- bacteria viability --- bactericidal coatings --- Escherichia coli --- Staphylococcus aureus --- Acinetobacter baumannii --- multidrug-resistant --- antimicrobial peptide --- antibiofilm activity --- physiological salt --- biofilm --- anti-biofilm surface --- surface functionalization --- ?-chymotrypsin --- proteinase --- antimicrobial polymers --- quaternary ammonium --- 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate --- thermal stability --- polymers --- antibacterial --- drug delivery --- periodontitis --- periodontal biofilms --- polyamide 11 --- antibacterial --- polymeric biocide --- thermal stability --- biofilm --- antifouling --- copper paint --- additives --- biofilm --- lipopeptides --- biofilm --- persister cells --- ocular infections --- biofilm on contact lenses --- cuprous oxide nanoparticles --- linear low-density polyethylene --- composites --- adhesives --- antibacterial activity --- water disinfection --- active packaging --- antimicrobial peptides --- food shelf-life --- foodborne pathogens --- plastic materials --- antibacterial peptides --- halictine --- circular dichroism --- fluorescence --- infrared spectroscopy --- segmented polyurethanes --- polyethylene glycol --- microbial biofilm --- antifouling materials --- medical device-related infections --- wound dressings --- additive manufacturing --- antibacterial polymers --- biocompatible systems --- drug delivery systems --- 3D printing --- amorphous materials --- ordered mesoporous silica --- sol-gel preparation --- drug carrier --- multifunctional hybrid systems --- olive mill wastewater --- antibacterial properties --- layered double hydroxides --- bionanocomposites --- acrylates --- antibacterial activity --- copolymerization --- polymeric films --- polymerizable quaternary ammonium salts --- quaternary ammonium salts --- UV-induced polymerization --- antimicrobial resistance --- antimicrobial polymers --- ESKAPE pathogens --- anti-biofilm surfaces --- polymeric surfaces --- biofilm methods --- biofilm analysis --- biofilm devices --- n/a

Mass Spectrometric Proteomics

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ISBN: 9783038978268 9783038978275 Year: Pages: 192 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03897-827-5 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Medicine (General) --- Therapeutics
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As suggested by the title of this Special Issue, liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry plays a pivotal role in the field of proteomics. Indeed, the research and review articles  published in the Issue clearly evidence how the data produced by this sophisticated methodology may promote impressive advancements in this area. From among the topics discussed in the Issue, a few point to the development of  new procedures for the  optimization of the experimental conditions that should be applied  for the identification of proteins present in complex mixtures.  Other applications  described in these articles show  the huge potential of  these strategies in the protein profiling of organs and  range from  to the study of post-translational tissue modifications to the investigation of the molecular mechanisms behind human disorders and the identification of potential biomarkers of these diseases.

Urban Deformation Monitoring using Persistent Scatterer Interferometry and SAR tomography

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ISBN: 9783039211265 9783039211272 Year: Pages: 308 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-127-2 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Technology (General) --- General and Civil Engineering
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This book focuses on remote sensing for urban deformation monitoring. In particular, it highlights how deformation monitoring in urban areas can be carried out using Persistent Scatterer Interferometry (PSI) and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Tomography (TomoSAR). Several contributions show the capabilities of Interferometric SAR (InSAR) and PSI techniques for urban deformation monitoring. Some of them show the advantages of TomoSAR in un-mixing multiple scatterers for urban mapping and monitoring. This book is dedicated to the technical and scientific community interested in urban applications. It is useful for choosing the appropriate technique and gaining an assessment of the expected performance. The book will also be useful to researchers, as it provides information on the state-of-the-art and new trends in this field

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SBAS-InSAR --- surface subsidence --- Sentinel-1A --- Wuhan --- engineering construction --- carbonate karstification --- water level changes --- reclamation settlements --- Lingang New City --- time series InSAR analysis --- terraSAR-X --- ENVISAT ASAR --- ALOS PALSAR --- time series analysis --- InSAR --- PS --- landslide --- subsidence --- land reclamation --- urbanization --- risk --- Istanbul --- Turkey --- Persistent Scatterer Interferometry (PSI) --- Sentinel-1 --- uplift --- expansive soils --- dewatering --- London --- synthetic aperture radar (SAR) --- SAR tomography --- deformation monitoring --- persistent scatterer interferometry (PSI) --- urban deformation monitoring --- radar interferometry --- displacement mapping --- spaceborne SAR --- differential interferometry --- differential tomography --- ERS-1/-2 --- PALSAR --- PALSAR-2 --- InSAR --- land subsidence --- reclaimed land --- Urayasu City --- SAR interferometry --- displacement monitoring --- Sentinel-1 --- permanent scatterers --- thermal dilation --- health monitoring --- SAR --- Sentinel-1 --- differential SAR interferometry --- atmospheric component --- modelling --- deformation time series --- validation --- multi-look SAR tomography --- multiple PS detection --- Capon estimation --- Generalized Likelihood Ratio Test --- synthetic aperture radar --- persistent scatterers --- differential interferometry --- tomography --- radar detection --- generalized likelihood ratio test --- sparse signals --- pursuit monostatic --- PS-InSAR --- urban monitoring --- skyscrapers --- urban subsidence --- Copernicus Sentinel-1 --- Persistent Scatterer Interferometry --- SNAP-StaMPS --- Rome --- synthetic aperture radar --- tomography --- polarimetry --- radar detection --- generalized likelihood ratio test --- sparse signals --- geological and geomorphological mapping --- Late-Quaternary deposits --- differential compaction --- multi-temporal DInSAR --- Venetian-Friulian Plain --- subsidence monitoring --- persistent scatterer interferometry --- asymmetric subsidence --- groundwater level variation --- Sepulveda Transit Corridor --- Los Angeles --- synthetic aperture radar --- persistent scatterers --- tomography --- differential interferometry --- polarimetry --- radar detection --- urban areas --- deformation

Entropy Applications in Environmental and Water Engineering

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ISBN: 9783038972228 Year: Pages: 512 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03897-223-5 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Environmental Engineering --- General and Civil Engineering --- Technology (General)
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Entropy theory has wide applications to a range of problems in the fields of environmental and water engineering, including river hydraulic geometry, fluvial hydraulics, water monitoring network design, river flow forecasting, floods and droughts, river network analysis, infiltration, soil moisture, sediment transport, surface water and groundwater quality modeling, ecosystems modeling, water distribution networks, environmental and water resources management, and parameter estimation. Such applications have used several different entropy formulations, such as Shannon, Tsallis, Reacutenyi Burg, Kolmogorov, Kapur, configurational, and relative entropies, which can be derived in time, space, or frequency domains. More recently, entropy-based concepts have been coupled with other theories, including copula and wavelets, to study various issues associated with environmental and water resources systems. Recent studies indicate the enormous scope and potential of entropy theory in advancing research in the fields of environmental and water engineering, including establishing and explaining physical connections between theory and reality. The objective of this Special Issue is to provide a platform for compiling important recent and current research on the applications of entropy theory in environmental and water engineering. The contributions to this Special Issue have addressed many aspects associated with entropy theory applications and have shown the enormous scope and potential of entropy theory in advancing research in the fields of environmental and water engineering.

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complexity --- streamflow --- water level --- composite multiscale sample entropy --- trend --- Poyang Lake basin --- four-parameter exponential gamma distribution --- principle of maximum entropy --- precipitation frequency analysis --- methods of moments --- maximum likelihood estimation --- flood frequency analysis --- generalized gamma (GG) distribution --- principle of maximum entropy (POME) --- entropy theory --- principle of maximum entropy (POME) --- GB2 distribution --- flood frequency analysis --- non-point source pollution --- ANN --- entropy weighting method --- data-scarce --- multi-events --- spatio-temporal variability --- soil water content --- entropy --- arid region --- joint entropy --- NDVI --- temperature --- precipitation --- groundwater depth --- Hei River basin --- turbulent flow --- canopy flow --- randomness --- coherent structures --- Shannon entropy --- Kolmogorov complexity --- entropy --- information transfer --- optimization --- radar --- rainfall network --- water resource carrying capacity --- forewarning model --- entropy of information --- fuzzy analytic hierarchy process --- projection pursuit --- accelerating genetic algorithm --- entropy production --- conditional entropy production --- stochastic processes --- scaling --- climacogram --- turbulence --- water resources vulnerability --- connection entropy --- changing environment --- set pair analysis --- Anhui Province --- cross-entropy minimization --- land suitability evaluation --- spatial optimization --- monthly streamflow forecasting --- Burg entropy --- configurational entropy --- entropy spectral analysis time series analysis --- entropy --- water monitoring --- network design --- hydrometric network --- information theory --- entropy applications --- hydrological risk analysis --- maximum entropy-copula method --- uncertainty --- Loess Plateau --- entropy --- water engineering --- Tsallis entropy --- principle of maximum entropy --- Lagrangian function --- probability distribution function --- flux concentration relation --- uncertainty --- information --- informational entropy --- variation of information --- continuous probability distribution functions --- confidence intervals --- precipitation --- variability --- marginal entropy --- crop yield --- Hexi corridor --- flow duration curve --- Shannon entropy --- entropy parameter --- modeling --- spatial and dynamics characteristic --- hydrology --- tropical rainfall --- statistical scaling --- Tsallis entropy --- multiplicative cascades --- Beta-Lognormal model --- rainfall forecast --- cross entropy --- ant colony fuzzy clustering --- combined forecast --- information entropy --- mutual information --- kernel density estimation --- ENSO --- nonlinear relation --- scaling laws --- power laws --- water distribution networks --- robustness --- flow entropy --- entropy theory --- frequency analysis --- hydrometeorological extremes --- Bayesian technique --- rainfall --- entropy ensemble filter --- ensemble model simulation criterion --- EEF method --- bootstrap aggregating --- bagging --- bootstrap neural networks --- El Niño --- ENSO --- neural network forecast --- sea surface temperature --- tropical Pacific --- entropy --- cross elasticity --- mean annual runoff --- water resources --- resilience --- quaternary catchment --- complement --- substitute --- entropy theory --- complex systems --- hydraulics --- hydrology --- water engineering --- environmental engineering

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