Vegetation and climate interactions in semi-arid regions
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Vegetation and climate interactions in semi-arid regions

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The chapters in this section place the problems of vegetation and climate interactions in semi-arid regions into the context which recur throughout the book. First, Verstraete and Schwartz review desertification as a process of global change evaluating both the human and climatic factors. The theme of human impact and land management is discussed further by Roberts whose review focuses on semi-arid land-use planning. In the third and final chapter in this section we return to the meteorological theme. Nicholls reviews the effects of El Nino/Southern Oscillation on Australian vegetation stressing, in particular, the interaction between plants and their climatic environment. Vegetatio 91: 3-13, 1991. 3 A. Henderson-Sellers and A. J. Pitman (eds). Vegetation and climate interactions in semi-arid regions. (c) 1991 Kluwer Academic Publishers. Desertification and global change 2 M. M. Verstraete! & S. A. Schwartz ! Institute for Remote Sensing Applications, CEC Joint Research Centre, Ispra Establishment, TP 440, 1-21020 Ispra (Varese), Italy; 2 Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI48109-2143, USA Accepted 24. 8. 1990 Abstract Arid and semiarid regions cover one third of the continental areas on Earth. These regions are very sensitive to a variety of physical, chemical and biological degradation processes collectively called desertification.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 238 pages
  • 210 x 279 x 19mm | 861g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • Reprinted from `VEGETATIO', 91, 1991
  • VII, 238 p.
  • 0792310616
  • 9780792310617

Table of contents

Overview.- Desertification and global change.- The role of land use planning in semi-arid areas.- The El Nino / Southern Oscillation and Australian vegetation.- Measurement.- Extrapolation of `point' measurements of evaporation: some issues of scale.- Towards a better model of the effect of prostrate vegetation cover on wind erosion.- The potential contribution of satellite remote sensing to the understanding of arid lands processes.- Sources and sinks of greenhouse gases in the soil-plant environment.- Modelling.- The simulation and prediction of drought.- Vegetation-atmosphere interaction in homogeneous and heterogeneous terrain: some implications of mixed-layer dynamics.- Sensitivity of the land surface to sub-grid scale processes. Implications for climate simulations.- Predicting evaporation at the catchment scale using a coupled canopy and mixed layer model.- Developing an interactive biosphere for global climate models.- Management.- Historical perspectives on some vegetation and soil changes in semi-arid New South Wales.- Available soil moisture as a basis for land capability assessment in semi-arid regions.- Land management in semi-arid environments of New South Wales.- Vegetation changes in the Pilliga forests: a preliminary evaluation of the evidence.- Managing the droughts? Perception of resource management in the face of the drought hazard in Australia.
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` I can certainly recommend this collection. The undergraduate student should certainly find this a very useful reference text but the general reader will find much to interest and inform. '
International Journal of Climatology, 12

` This book is an impressive and truly interdisciplinary collection of outstading scientific contributions on various aspects of semi-arid lands. Even though this book is strongly focused on the semi-arid lands of Australia, agronomists, ecologists, and climatologists from all over the world will find it of great interest. They will not be disappointed. '
Acta Oecologica, 14:1
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`I can certainly recommend this collection. The undergraduate student should certainly find this a very useful reference text but the general reader will find much to interest and inform.'
International Journal of Climatology, 12

` This book is an impressive and truly interdisciplinary collection of outstading scientific contributions on various aspects of semi-arid lands. Even though this book is strongly focused on the semi-arid lands of Australia, agronomists, ecologists, and climatologists from all over the world will find it of great interest. They will not be disappointed. '
Acta Oecologica, 14:1
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