Desertification

Authored by: David Tongway , John Ludwig

Encyclopedia of Environmental Management

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  December  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439829271
eBook ISBN: 9781351235860
Adobe ISBN:

10.1081/E-EEM-120046344

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Abstract

Dealing with lands subject to desertification requires an analysis of the effect of climate or human disturbance on landscape functioning, to determine which biophysical processes have been affected. We propose a conceptual framework to enable the organization of data that explain landscape dysfunction. The rational selection of restoration procedures then follows, by selecting those which make good defective ecological processes. We also explain how to monitor the reversal of desertification, including the identification of a threshold of potential concern.

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