Presents the most recent findings from the European Community's MEDALUS project.
Desertification includes land degradation due to both climatic and anthropogenic causes, where land includes water, soil, and the biosphere. This book presents the most recent findings from the European Community's MEDALUS project, which was formed to understand and manage semi-arid environments that are undergoing great change. Covers climate and land use processes and responses in the Mediterranean First book to provide guidelines for the management of land degradation in Mediterranean environments Based on first-hand experience of the problems by those responsible for solving them
Table of Contents
List of Contributors.
PART 1: THEMATIC ISSUES.
Section I; Introduction.
The Evolving Context of Mediterranean
Desertification (J.B. Thornes).
Section II; Climate, Processes and Responses.
Extreme Climatic Events over the
Mediterranean (M. Conte, et al.).
Potential Effects of Rising CO2 and Climatic
Change on Mediterranean Vegetation (C.P.
Osborne and F.I. Woodward).
Use of NOAA-AVHRR NDVI Data for Climatic
Characterization of Mediterranean Areas (G.
Cannizzaro, et al.).
Section III; Land Use, Processes and
The Effect of Land Use on Soil Erosion and
Land Degradation under Mediterranean
Conditions (C. Kosmas, et al.).
Agro-pastoral Activities and Land Degradation
in Mediterranean Areas: Case Study of
Sardinia (G. Enne, et al.).
Landscape Protection from Grazing and Fire
(N.S. Margaris and E. Koutsidou).
Bioengineering Principles and Desertification
Mitigation (J.N. Quinton, et al.).
Section IV; Physical Processes and Responses.
Differing Responses of Greek Mediterranean
Plant Communities to Climate and the
Combination of Grazing and Fire (A. Dalaka et
Vegetation Cover Assessment in Mediterranean
Semi-arid Landscapes (F. Garcia-Haro, et al.).
The Impact of Rock Fragments on Soil
Degradation and Water Conservation (B. van
Wesemael, et al.).
Aridification in a Region Neighbouring the
Mediterranean (A. Kertesz, et al.).
Soil Salinization in the Mediterranean:
Soils, Processes and Implications (L.
Section V; Tools for Exploring
Environmentally Sensitive Areas in the
MEDALUS Target Area Study Sites (A.C. Imeson
and L.H. Cammeraat).
Investigation on Environmental
Characteristics to Underpin the Selection of
Desertification Indicators in the Guadalentin
Basin (L.H. Cammeraat, et al.).
MEDRUSH: A Basin-scale Physically Based Model
for Forecasting Runoff and Sediment Yield (M.
Kirkby, et al.).
PART 2: REGIONAL STUDIES.
Section VI; The Guadalentin Basin, South-east
Natural Resources in the Guadalentin Basin
(South-east Spain): Water as a Key Factor (F.
Lopez-Bermudez, et al.).
Local and Regional Responses to Global
Climate Change in South-east Spain (C.M.
Goodess and J.P. Palutikof).
The Impact of Land Abandonment on
Regeneration of Semi-natural Vegetation: A
Case Study from the Guadalentin (J.A. Obando).
Lithology and Vegetation Cover Mapping in the
Guadalentin Basin as Interpreted through
Remote Sensing Data (M.T. Younis, et al.).
Changing Social and Economical Conditions in
a Region Undergoing Desertification in the
Guadalentin (A. Romero Diaz, et al.).
Management Plan to Combat Desertification in
the Guadalentin River Basin (L. Rojo Serrano,
Section VII; The Agri Basin, Southern Italy.
General Description of the Agri Basin,
Southern Italy (F. Basso, E. Bove and M. del
The Agri Valley - Sustainable Agriculture in
a Dry Environment: Crop Systems and
Management (F. Basso, et al.).
Soil Erosion and Land Degradation (F. Basso,
Social and Economic Conditions of Development
in the Agri Valley (E. Bove and G. Quaranta).
Characterisation of Soil Hydraulic Properties
in a Desertification Context (A. Santini and
Aspects of Forestry in the Agri Environment
(A. Ferrara, et al.).
Modelling Large Basin Hydrology and Sediment
Yield with Sparse Data: The Agri Basin,
Southern Italy (J.C. Bathurst, et al.).
Section VIII; Conclusions.
Emerging Mosaics (J.B. Thornes).