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Main Title Patterns of Land Degradation in Drylands Understanding Self-Organised Ecogeomorphic Systems / [electronic resource] :
Author Mueller, Eva Nora.
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Author Title of a Work
Wainwright, John.
Parsons, Anthony J.
Turnbull, Laura.
Publisher Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer,
Year Published 2014
Call Number S622-627
ISBN 9789400757271
Subjects Environmental sciences. ; Soil conservation.
Internet Access
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Collation XI, 389 p. 100 illus., 57 illus. in color. online resource.
Notes Due to license restrictions, this resource is available to EPA employees and authorized contractors only
Contents Notes Preface -- 1. Land Degradation in Drylands: An Ecogeomorphological Approach -- 2. The Study of Land Degradation in Drylands: State of the Art -- 3. Resilience, Self-organization, Complexity and Pattern Formation -- 4. Short-range Ecogeomorphic Processes in Dryland Systems -- 5. Long-range Ecogeomorphic Processes -- 6. Integrating Short- and Long-range Processes into Models: the Emergence of Pattern -- 7. Approaches to Modelling Ecogeomorphic Systems -- 8. Characterizing Patterns -- 9. Assessment of Patterns in Ecogeomorphic Systems -- 10. Uncertainty assessment -- 11. Vegetation Change in the Southwestern USA: Patterns and Processes -- 12. Vegetation Mosaics of Arid Western New South Wales, Australia: Considerations of Their Origin and Persistence -- 13. Case Study of Self-organized Vegetation Patterning in Dryland Regions of Central Africa -- 14. Abandonment of Agricultural Land, Agricultural Policy and Land Degradation in Mediterranean Europe -- 15. Land Degradation in Drylands: Reёvaluating Pattern-process Interrelationships and the Role of Ecogeomorphology -- Index. Land degradation in drylands is a multi-faceted problem. Consequently, current management approaches that attempt to mitigate such land degradation often fail to produce significant improvements. The processes associated with land degradation in drylands fall at the interface of ecology and geomorphology. For a better understanding of this degradation, there is a need to uncover the underlying dynamics and characteristic responses to environmental drivers and human-induced disturbances. A primary characteristic of this land degradation is a change in processes and the emergence of patterns; but there remain many unknowns as to how these changing processes and emerging patterns are connected. In the first section of this keystone manual, the theory of ecogeomorphic pattern-process linkages is explored, establishing an integrated view of current concepts of pattern emergence and self-organization from an ecogeomorphic perspective. The second section of the book explores methods for confronting models with data for the study of pattern-process linkages, bringing together divergent empirical and modelling methodologies to provide a fully integrated understanding of land degradation in drylands. Four case studies from drylands in Europe, Africa, Australia and North America outline the advances in ecogeomorphic research that have been made in these systems. Learning from this diverse range of studies and approaches, a research agenda for the emerging field of ecogeomorphology in land-degradation studies in drylands is set forth.
Place Published Dordrecht
Corporate Au Added Ent SpringerLink (Online service)
Host Item Entry Springer eBooks
PUB Date Free Form 2014
BIB Level m
Medium computer
Content text
Carrier online resource
Cataloging Source OCLC/T
OCLC Time Stamp 20130823033226
Language eng
OCLC Rec Leader 04269nam a22004575i 45