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Final Report - SEDIMED (Effects of Land Cover Change and Land Abandonment on Sediment Yield in Semiarid Mediterranean Catchments Using Remote Sensing, GIS and Field Techniques)

Project ID: 236064
Funded under: FP7-PEOPLE

Abstract

This is the final report of the SEDIMED project, funded under the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The project aimed to quantify the effect of human activity on land degradation, based on a reconstruction of erosion rates and land-use changes using an interdisciplinary approach. Techniques from a variety of disciplines within the earth sciences were used. The Tajo and Guadiana basin in central Spain was the focus of the analysis.

The resulting data suggests that natural vegetation rapidly restores vegetation cover in abandoned agricultural areas, thereby drastically reducing erosion rates. Modern erosion rates can thus be placed in the correct context when a long-time perspective is introduced. The project sheds light on the interaction between humans and their environment.

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Record Number: 17127 / Last updated on: 2013-07-05
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