Desertification

Authored by: David Tongway , John Ludwig

Managing Soils and Terrestrial Systems

Print publication date:  July  2020
Online publication date:  July  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138342651
eBook ISBN: 9780429346255
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9780429346255-76

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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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