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Since the mid eighties, the European Union has responded to the threat of progressive desertification in the Mediterranean region by initiating major programmes on fundamental and applied research. Findings from integrated and multidisciplinary projects supported through these programmes have increased our understanding of land degradation processes which result from the mismanagement of land and water resources, and progressive drought under possibly changing climatic conditions. With regard to the political concern about the desertification problem, the ongoing research efforts described above, and in view of the fast transition from experimental to pre-operational remote sensing applications, a meeting was organized in order to assess how remote sensing approaches have been used in the assessment of the desertification phenomenon so far, an how its fundamental and complementary role could be envisaged in the future. This interdisciplinary experts workshop, held in Valencia during June 1994, convened remote sensing specialists from various disciplines involved in desertification and land degradation monitoring, but also representatives of potential end-users (eg national and supra-national agencies). This publication presents the proceedings of the meeting.

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Authors: HILL J, University of Trier, Remote Sensing Department (DE);PETER D (EDITORS), CEC Bruxelles (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 16732 EN (1996) 235pp., FS, free of charge
Availability: Available from the Environment Programme Office, European Commission, DG XII-D-1, 200 rue de la Loi, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE)
ISBN: ISBN 92-827-7784-7
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