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Mediterranean desertification and land-use

Objective

The objectives are to investigate the interaction between Mediterranean climate, land use and soil erosion and productivity in the light of anticipated changes in climate due to greenhouse warming and land-use changes due to agricultural policy.

In order to achieve these objectives the following investigations will be carried out:
Climatological investigations
- Regional scale short term climatology
- Climatic data management and provision
- Extreme events and the long term record
Physical modelling
- Process models of climate-ecology and land degradation interactions
- Surface and subsurface hydrology
- Implementation of SHE model
Remote sensing and archiving
- In situ measurements of spectral reflectances and regional analysis of change
- Calibration of remotely sensed data
The socio-economic dimensions of desertification
- Landscape dynamics in relation to desertification
- Dynamical systems models
Field site investigations
Field sites in five Mediterranean countries will provide case studies and data for model parameterization and validation and offer a range of conditions for evaluating the impact of desertification on natural and abandoned sites.

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University of Bristol
Address
Senate House Tyndall Avenue
BS8 1TH Bristol
United Kingdom

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Participants (16)

ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY OF THESSALONIKI
Greece
Address
University Campus, Egnatia Street, Administration
54006 Thessaloniki

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Accademia Economico Agraria dei Georgofili
Italy
Address
8,via Giovanni Caproni 8
50122 Firenze

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Agricultural University of Athens
Greece
Address
78,iera Odos
11855 Athens

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Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières (BRGM)
France
Address
Avenue De Concyr
45060 Orléans

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CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Address
1,general Segura 1
04001 Almeria

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Cranfield University
United Kingdom
Address
Cranfield
MK43 0AL Bedford

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INSTITUTO DE METEOROLOGIA
Portugal
Address
Rua C Do Aeroporto De Lisboa
1749-077 Lisboa

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Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Belgium
Address
16b,redingenstraat
3000 Leuven

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UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA
United Kingdom
Address
University Plain
NR4 7TJ Norwich

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UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS.
United Kingdom
Address
Woodhouse Lane
Leeds

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UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
United Kingdom
Address
Cassie Building, Claremont Road
NE1 7RU Newcastle Upon Tyne

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UNIVERSITY OF THE AEGEAN
Greece
Address
17,karantoni 17
81100 Mytilini

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Universidad de Murcia
Spain
Address
Campus De 'La Merced' C/santo Cristo 1
30001 Murcia

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Universitat de Valencia
Spain
Address
Dr. Moliner
46100 Valencia

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Universiteit van Amsterdam
Netherlands
Address
115,dapperstraat
1093 BS Amsterdam

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Università degli Studi di Cagliari
Italy
Address
Via Trentino 51
09100 Cagliari

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