Title: World Atlas of Desertification - Introductory Brochure
Authors: CHERLET MichaelREYNOLDS JamesHUTCHINSON CharlesHILL J.VON MALTITZ GrahamSOMMER StefanAJAI AjaiFENSHOLT .HORION StephanieSHEPHERD GemmaWEYNANTS MÉLANIE MARIE AKUTNJAK HRVOJESMID MAREK
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2015
JRC N°: JRC97776
ISBN: 978-92-79-52207-9 (print)
978-92-79-52206-2 (pdf)
Other Identifiers: OP LB-01-15-766-EN-C (print)
OP LB-01-15-766-EN-N (online)
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC97776
DOI: 10.2788/928958
10.2788/21872
Type: Public information documents
Abstract: The brochure introduces the concept of the World Atlas of Desertification which relies on converging evidence of combined human-environment processes pointing out that land degradation cannot be modeled satisfactorily at global scales.The introductory brochure provides a short overview of the main land degradation issues, through illustration of a number key global datasets and some case study examples that reflect the global patterns and pathways to solutions. The brochure start with highlighting the human dominance that drives global environmental changes. The consequences of feeding a growing population include agriculture expansion and intensification, illustrated by maps and data on irrigation and nutrient use. Aridity and drought are important phenomena aggravating the already present human pressures on the environment. Other pressure patterns playing at global scale are illustrated with examples from China, India, S. America and the Sahel, along with a forward view on solutions.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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