From the Publisher
Desertification of land degradation in Mediterranean Europe has become a major environmental issue in scientific, political, and even popular circles. This book brings together and integrates research from a wide range of disciplines, all focusing on aspects of the processes, causes, and effects of Mediterranean land degradation. It forms an important part of the European Union's initiative to understand and manage semi-arid environments which are undergoing great change.
From the Back Cover
Desertification is land degradation due to climatic and anthropogenic causes where ?land? includes soil, water and the biological productive capacity. This has become a major environmental, economic and political issue in Mediterranean countries. In order to address the problem in the European countries of the Mediterranean, the European Commission established a number of major research projects under its DGXII Environment and Climate Programme MEDALUS (Mediterranean Desertification and Land Use). This book describes the results from the first phase of the project, dealing with local physical, socio-economic and political controls on desertification. In particular the book concentrates on the models developed, calibrated and validated, the field investigations into biological, hydrological and erosional processes at the seven main sites, and provides an introduction to the problems associated with global warming in the Mediterranean context. GIS and remote sensing are an integral part of the investigation and the results are described and discussed in detail.