Read While You Wait - Get immediate ebook access, if available*, when you order a print book

Climate Variability Impacts on Land Use and Livelihoods in Drylands

Editors: GAUR, Mahesh, Squires, Victor R. (Eds.)

Free Preview
  • Exhaustively reviews the key recent research on the current status and future prospects of the world's drylands
  • Provides a synoptic overview of the current problems and prospects for half a billion inhabitants in these drylands
  • Demonstrates the path forward to improve livelihoods, conserve biodiversity and achieve land protection 
see more benefits

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-56681-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $199.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-56680-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Immediate ebook access, if available*, with your print order
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $139.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-85972-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Immediate ebook access, if available*, with your print order
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
About this book

This edited volume is devoted to the examination of the implications of the inevitable changes wrought by global change on the welfare and livelihoods of tens of millions of people who live in dryland regions. Global change is more than just climate change and the ramifications of changing trade patterns (geopolitical and economic aspects), the shift to the market economy, demographic factors (population growth, urbanization and re-settlement), receive attention here. Land use change specialists, policy makers and natural resource management agencies will find the book very useful.
Chapters focus on examples that are drawn from a number of sources including previously unpublished studies on the impact of climate change, markets and economics on pastoralist and dryland farming households. The key focus is to provide readers with insights into the real world implications of change (including an analysis of the drivers of change) on these vulnerable groups within dryland societies. The role of humans as agents of these changes is canvassed. A regional analysis of the world's drylands is also performed including those in Australia, Argentina, India, North America, China, North Africa, Central Asia and Southern Africa.   

About the authors

Dr. Mahesh Gaur is a Senior Scientist at the ICAR-Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur, India. He specializes in aridlands geography and the application of satellite remote sensing, GIS and digital image processing for natural resources mapping, management and assessment. He also researches drought, desertification, land degradation, indigenous knowledge systems, and the socio-economic milieu of the Thar Desert of India. He has worked as an Associate Professor for more than 13 years with the Department of Higher Education, Government of Rajasthan State, India and has also worked at Sandhan, Jaipur, IIM Ahmedabad, IHS Hyderabad and IN-RIMT in various capacities. He has been associated with ICAR, ISRO, SAC, UGC, various Ministries of Government of India, and ICARDA for sponsored studies. He has published two books and is the author of a number of research papers and book chapters that have appeared in national and international research journals. He is a member of a number of national and international scientific organizations and editorial boards of journals. He has been awarded the Indian Government Citizen Karamveer Award 2011 by iCONGO for working in the field of Higher Education, Environment and Technology Applications for Community Upliftment, and the Millennium Award for working in the field of Environment.


Dr. Victor Squires is a world renowned expert in rangeland ecology. He obtained his PhD in Rangeland Science from Utah State University, USA. He is the former Dean of the Faculty of Natural Resource Management at the University of Adelaide, where he worked for 15 years. He also worked at CSIRO, Australia’s leading research organization, for 22 years.He is the author/editor of 11 books including ‘Livestock Management in the Arid Zone’, ‘Range and Animal Sciences and Resources Management’, ‘Rangeland Stewardship in Central Asia: Balancing Improved Livelihoods’, ‘Biodiversity Conservation and Land Protection’, and Rangeland Ecology, Management and Conservation Benefits’, and has written numerous research papers on aspects of range/livestock relations. Since his retirement from the University of Adelaide, Dr. Squires has worked as a Visiting Fellow in the East West Center, Hawaii, and is currently an Adjunct Professor in the University of Arizona, Tucson USA and at the Gansu Agricultural University, Lanzhou, China. He has been a consultant to World Bank, Asian Development and various UN agencies in Africa, China, Central Asia and the Middle East. He was awarded the 2008 International Award and Gold Medal for International Science and Technology Cooperation by the Government of China and in 2011 was awarded the Friendship Award by the government of China. The Gold Medal is the highest award for foreigners. In 2015, Dr. Squires was honored by the Society for Range Management (USA) with an Outstanding Achievement Award.

Reviews

Climate Variability Impacts on Land Use and Livelihoods in Drylands provides regional up-to-date information on the challenges facing the estimated billion people who use the drylands (also referred to as aridlands) that make up around half the world’s land area. The information in this book, including regionally specific examples providing new data and analyses relevant to development of more local strategies, provides a foundation for adaptation to the problems and opportunities identified under climate variability and changes already being experienced. These changes will affect the welfare and livelihoods of the millions of people who live in dryland regions, including some of the most economically disadvantaged peoples of the world.  Climate Variability Impacts on Land Use and Livelihoods in Drylands represents a valuable collation of knowledge and data across the extensive and diverse dryland for Land use change specialists, policy makers and natural resource management agencies.” (Beverley Henry, Adjunct Associate Professor, Queensland University of Technology, Australia; Director, Agri Escondo Pty Ltd.)


“This edited volume is devoted to the examination of the implications of the inevitable changes wrought by global change on the welfare and livelihoods of tens of millions of people who live in dryland regions. Land use change specialists, policy makers and natural resource management agencies will find the book very useful.” (Golnaz Kheradmand, Department of Rangeland Management, Islamic Azad University, Iran)

Table of contents (16 chapters)

Table of contents (16 chapters)
  • Geographic Extent and Characteristics of the World’s Arid Zones and Their Peoples

    Pages 3-20

    Gaur, Mahesh K. (et al.)

  • Recent Trends in Drylands and Future Scope for Advancement

    Pages 21-57

    Sidahmed, Ahmed E.

  • Global Change and Its Consequences for the World’s Arid Lands

    Pages 59-71

    Bawden, Richard

  • Humans as Agents of Change in Arid Lands: With Special Reference to Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, (China)

    Pages 75-90

    Squires, Victor R. (et al.)

  • Climate Variability and Impact on Livelihoods in the Cold Arid Qinghai–Tibet Plateau

    Pages 91-112

    Feng, Haiying (et al.)

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-56681-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $199.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-56680-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Immediate ebook access, if available*, with your print order
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $139.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-85972-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Immediate ebook access, if available*, with your print order
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Loading...

Recommended for you

Loading...

Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Climate Variability Impacts on Land Use and Livelihoods in Drylands
Editors
  • Mahesh GAUR
  • Victor R. Squires
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-56681-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-56681-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-56680-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-85972-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 348
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations, 43 illustrations in colour
Topics

*immediately available upon purchase as print book shipments may be delayed due to the COVID-19 crisis. ebook access is temporary and does not include ownership of the ebook. Only valid for books with an ebook version. Springer Reference Works are not included.