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Evaluation and Selection of Indicators for Land Degradation and Desertification Monitoring: Types of Degradation, Causes, and Implications for Management
Kairis, O. ; Kosmas, C. ; Karavitis, C. ; Ritsema, C.J. ; Salvati, L. ; Acikalin, S. ; Alcala, M. ; Alfama, P. ; Atlhopheng, J. ; Barrera, J. ; Belgacem, A. ; Sole-Benet, A. ; Brito, J. ; Chaker, M. ; Chanda, R. ; Coelho, C. ; Darkoh, M. ; Diamantis, I. ; Ermolaeva, O. ; Fassouli, V. ; Fei, W. ; Feng, J. ; Fernandez, F. ; Ferreira, A. ; Gokceoglu, C. ; Gonzalez, D. ; Gungor, H. ; Hessel, R. ; Juying, J. ; Khatteli, H. ; Khitrov, N. ; Kounalaki, A. ; Laouina, A. ; Lollino, P. ; Lopes, M. ; Magole, L. ; Medina, L. ; Mendoza, M. ; Morais, P. ; Mulale, K. ; Ocakoglu, F. ; Ouessar, M. ; Ovalle, C. ; Perez, C. ; Perkins, J. ; Pliakas, F. ; Polemio, M. ; Pozo, A. ; Prat, C. ; Qinke, Y. ; Ramos, A. ; Ramos, J. ; Riquelme, J. ; Romanenkov, V. ; Rui, L. ; Santaloia, F. ; Sebego, R. ; Sghaier, M. ; Silva, N. ; Sizemskaya, M. ; Soares, J. ; Sonmez, H. ; Taamallah, H. ; Tezcan, L. ; Torri, D. ; Ungaro, F. ; Valente, S. ; Vente, J. de; Zagal, E. ; Zeiliguer, A. ; Zhonging, W. ; Ziogas, A. - \ 2014
Environmental Management 54 (2014)5. - ISSN 0364-152X - p. 971 - 982.
region ne spain - tillage erosion - soil displacement - translocation - vulnerability - sensitivity - performance - vegetation - systems - impact
Indicator-based approaches are often used to monitor land degradation and desertification from the global to the very local scale. However, there is still little agreement on which indicators may best reflect both status and trends of these phenomena. In this study, various processes of land degradation and desertification have been analyzed in 17 study sites around the world using a wide set of biophysical and socioeconomic indicators. The database described earlier in this issue by Kosmas and others (Environ Manage, 2013) for defining desertification risk was further analyzed to define the most important indicators related to the following degradation processes: water erosion in various land uses, tillage erosion, soil salinization, water stress, forest fires, and overgrazing. A correlation analysis was applied to the selected indicators in order to identify the most important variables contributing to each land degradation process. The analysis indicates that the most important indicators are: (i) rain seasonality affecting water erosion, water stress, and forest fires, (ii) slope gradient affecting water erosion, tillage erosion and water stress, and (iii) water scarcity soil salinization, water stress, and forest fires. Implementation of existing regulations or policies concerned with resources development and environmental sustainability was identified as the most important indicator of land protection.
Evaluation and Selection of Indicators for Land Degradation and Desertification Monitoring: Methodological Approach
Kosmas, C. ; Karis, O. ; Karavitis, C. ; Ritsema, C.J. ; Salvati, L. ; Acikalin, S. ; Alcala, S. ; Alfama, P. ; Atlhopheng, J. ; Barrera, J. ; Belgacem, A. ; Sole-Benet, A. ; Brito, J. ; Chaker, M. ; Chanda, R. ; Coelho, C. ; Darkoh, M. ; Diamantis, I. ; Ermolaeva, O. ; Fassouli, V. ; Fei, W. ; Fernandez, F. ; Ferreira, A. ; Gokceoglu, C. ; Gonzalez, D. ; Gungor, H. ; Hessel, R. ; Juying, J. ; Khatteli, H. ; Kounalaki, A. ; Laouina, A. ; Lollino, P. ; Lopes, M. ; Magole, L. ; Medina, L. ; Mendoza, M. ; Morais, P. ; Mulale, K. ; Ocakoglu, F. ; Ouessar, M. ; Ovalle, C. ; Perez, C. ; Perkins, J. ; Pliakas, F. ; Polemio, M. ; Pozo, A. ; Prat, C. ; Qinke, Y. ; Ramos, A. ; Riquelme, J. ; Romanenkov, V. ; Rui, L. ; Santaloia, F. ; Sebego, R. ; Sghaier, M. ; Silva, N. ; Sizemskaya, M. ; Soares, J. ; Sonmez, H. ; Taamallah, H. ; Tezcan, L. ; Torri, D. ; Ungaro, F. ; Valente, S. ; Vente, J. de; Zagal, E. ; Zeiliguer, A. ; Zhonging, W. ; Ziogas, A. - \ 2014
Environmental Management 54 (2014)5. - ISSN 0364-152X - p. 951 - 970.
mediterranean conditions - aggregate stability - soil properties - rock fragments - organic-matter - vegetation - tillage - biomass - erosion - greece
An approach to derive relationships for defining land degradation and desertification risk and developing appropriate tools for assessing the effectiveness of the various land management practices using indicators is presented in the present paper. In order to investigate which indicators are most effective in assessing the level of desertification risk, a total of 70 candidate indicators was selected providing information for the biophysical environment, socio-economic conditions, and land management characteristics. The indicators were defined in 1,672 field sites located in 17 study areas in the Mediterranean region, Eastern Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Based on an existing geo-referenced database, classes were designated for each indicator and a sensitivity score to desertification was assigned to each class based on existing research. The obtained data were analyzed for the various processes of land degradation at farm level. The derived methodology was assessed using independent indicators, such as the measured soil erosion rate, and the organic matter content of the soil. Based on regression analyses, the collected indicator set can be reduced to a number of effective indicators ranging from 8 to 17 in the various processes of land degradation. Among the most important indicators identified as affecting land degradation and desertification risk were rain seasonality, slope gradient, plant cover, rate of land abandonment, land-use intensity, and the level of policy implementation.
Monitoring the impact of surface albedo on a saline lake in SW Russia
Argaman, E. ; Zeiliguer, A. ; Keesstra, S.D. - \ 2012
Land Degradation and Development 23 (2012)4. - ISSN 1085-3278 - p. 398 - 408.
land-use change - food security - soil-erosion - check-dams - catchment - hydrology - climate - degradation - australia - tundra
Lake Elton is located east of the Volga River in Russia and covers an area of 155¿km2. The hydrological system of the Lake and its surroundings are extremely vulnerable to climate change and human interference, but available local and regional information is sparse. Utilising climate data from 1987 to 2009 and surface albedo readings from the MODerate resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer satellite since 2000, this study analyses Lake degradation processes since 2005. Lake surface albedo analysis indicates that during the past 6¿years, lake albedo has increased dramatically from average peak values of 0·14 to 0·40. In addition, air temperature has increased by 2¿°C, and annual precipitation has decreased by 40 per cent. Moreover, human intervention in the area has increased environmental pressure on the Lake, causing a reduction of runoff inflow because of water capture, use of check-dams and water-harvesting systems. The results of the study show that, under current conditions, the Lake surface albedo is likely to remain high as compared with previous observations. The current trend implies an average 2 per cent per year increase in future annual albedo, with a maximum possible increase of 4 per cent up to a steady state of salt-crust albedo values
Executive summary with guidelines and recommendations for the implementation of the water saving and waste water application approaches under prevailing and foreseeable future conditions and constraints
Verzandvoort, S.J.E. ; Moore, D. ; Doerr, S. ; Elsen, H.G.M. van den; Garcia Orenes, F. ; Solera Mataix, J. ; Morugán, A. ; Diamantis, V. ; Laktionaova, T. ; Medvedev, V. ; Zeiliguer, A. ; Ermolaeva, O. - \ 2010
Wageningen : Alterra, Wageningen-UR (Deliverable 29 of the Waterreuse project: Sustainable waste water recycling technologies for irrigated land in Nis and Southern European States ) - 20
hergebruik van water - recycling - duurzaamheid (sustainability) - afvalwaterbehandeling - water reuse - recycling - sustainability - waste water treatment
Report on comprehensive comparative analysis of water saving technique performances and prospects, also addressing prevailing and predictable futur socio-economic, cultural and policy-driven factors at the local regional and trans-boundary level.
Verzandvoort, S.J.E. ; Elsen, H.G.M. van den; Moore, D. ; Garcia Orenes, F. ; Solera Mataix, J. ; Morugán, A. ; Diamantis, V. ; Laktionaova, T. ; Medvedev, V. ; Zeiliguer, A. ; Ermolaeva, O. - \ 2010
Wageningen : Alterra, Wageningen-UR (Deliverable 27 of the Waterreuse project: Sustainable waste water recycling technologies for irrigated land in Nis and Southern European States ) - 99 p.
Report on comparative results of tested water saving techniques, with respect to mainly physical factors at local and regional level, including ranking of techniques for a range of environmental conditions
Verzandvoort, S.J.E. ; Elsen, H.G.M. van den; Moore, D. ; Garcia Orenes, F. ; Solera Mataix, J. ; Morugán, A. ; Diamantis, V. ; Laktionaova, T. ; Medvedev, V. ; Zeiliguer, A. ; Ermolaeva, O. - \ 2010
Wageningen : Alterra, Wageningen-UR (Deliverable 26 of the Waterreuse project: Sustainable waste water recycling technologies for irrigated land in Nis and Southern European States ) - 51 p.
Estimating soil water retention in aggregated soils using the 'additivity' model
Zeiliguer, A. ; Feddes, R.A. - \ 2004
In: Book of abstracts of the Frontis Workshop on Unsaturated Zone Modeling: Progress, Challenges and Applications, Wageningen 3-5 ctober 2004 / Witte, J.P.M., Kroes, J., Wageningen : Frontis - p. 93 - 93.
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