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 andanthropogenic causes where ?land? includes soil, water and thebiological productive capacity. This has become a majorenvironmental, economic and political issue in Mediterraneancountries. In order to address the problem in the Europeancountries of the Mediterranean, the European Commission establisheda number of major research projects under its DGXII Environment andClimate Programme MEDALUS (Mediterranean Desertification and LandUse). This book describes the results from the first phase of theproject, dealing with local physical, socio-economic and politicalcontrols on desertification. In particular the book concentrates onthe models developed, calibrated and validated, the fieldinvestigations into biological, hydrological and erosionalprocesses at the seven main sites, and provides an introduction tothe problems associated with global warming in the Mediterraneancontext. GIS and remote sensing are an integral part of theinvestigation and the results are described and discussed indetail.