Patterns of Land Degradation in Drylands

Understanding Self-Organised Ecogeomorphic Systems

Editors: Mueller, E.N., Wainwright, J., Parsons, A.J., Turnbull, L. (Eds.)

  • Multidisciplinary approach, bringing together expertise from a range of backgrounds
  • Addresses a problem faced by 2 billion people worldwide
  • At the forefront of understanding the science of land degradation in drylands
  • The first book on ecogeomorphology of drylands
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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.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Land Degradation in Drylands: An Ecogeomorphological Approach

    Mueller, Eva Nora (et al.)

    Pages 1-9

  • The Study of Land Degradation in Drylands: State of the Art

    Hochstrasser, Tamara (et al.)

    Pages 13-54

  • Resilience, Self-Organization, Complexity and Pattern Formation

    Jeltsch, Florian (et al.)

    Pages 55-84

  • Short-Range Ecogeomorphic Processes in Dryland Systems

    Barbier, Nicolas (et al.)

    Pages 85-101

  • Long-Range Ecogeomorphic Processes

    Cerdà, Artemi (et al.)

    Pages 103-139

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Patterns of Land Degradation in Drylands
Book Subtitle
Understanding Self-Organised Ecogeomorphic Systems
Editors
  • Eva Nora Mueller
  • John Wainwright
  • Anthony J. Parsons
  • Laura Turnbull
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
Distribution Rights
Distribution rights for India: Delhi Book Store, New Delhi, India
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-5727-1
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-5727-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-5726-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 389
Topics