Desertification

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2013-01-01

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The phenomenon of desertification involves the loss of biological or economic productivity and biodiversity in arid and semiarid croplands, pastures, rangelands, and subhumid woodlands due mainly to nonsustainable human activities, such as overcultivation, fuel gathering, overgrazing by domestic animals, deforestation, and poor irrigation practices, and often triggered or exacerbated by climate variability, mainly drought.

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10.1016/B978-0-12-384719-5.00289-6

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Reynolds

James F. Reynolds

Professor Emeritus

Integrated assessment of complex human-environmental systems; Land degradation and desertification in global drylands; Conceptual frameworks and models to advance the science of dryland development


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