Title: CASCADE Database and Web Services
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2016
JRC N°: JRC105245
ISBN: 978-92-79-64997-4 (print)
978-92-79-64996-7 (pdf)
ISSN: 1018-5593 (print)
1831-9424 (online)
Other Identifiers: EUR 28415 EN
OP KJ-NA-28415-EN-C (print)
OP KJ-NA-28415-EN-N (online)
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC105245
DOI: 10.2760/822434
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: This document presents a ‘Cookbook’ description for installing the software tools necessary to develop and configure the CASCADE Project database and Web Services. The portal developed may provide the basis for project, the data collected, processed and provided by the project partners. The contents below describe the process of preparing the data and the portal to host the project outputs and associated components. The work presented here is a direct output and deliverable of the EU Framework 7 project ‘CASCADE - Catastrophic Shifts in Drylands’, Grant Agreement Number 283068. CASCADE Project investigates and analyses a range of dryland ecosystems in southern Europe to obtain a better understanding of sudden shifts in drylands that may lead to major losses in biodiversity and concomitant ecosystem services. Based on these analysis, CASCADE develops ways to predict the proximity of the CASCADE’s dryland ecosystems to thresholds in such a way that these predictions can be used by policymakers and land users for more sustainable management of drylands worldwide. The work described here was conducted by the Land Resources Unit of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. The Land Resources Unit provides information for European and International policies aiming to balance competing land-use demands whilst securing access to natural resources and maintaining ecosystem services. Land and soil should be considered as finite resources – we must optimise food, fibre and fuel production whilst maintaining and enhancing the land’s role as a carbon sink and a hydrologic reservoir that underpins biological diversity; our research documents trends in the condition of land, the efficiency of its use and management choices, along with how these respond to changing environmental, societal and economic conditions.  
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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