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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.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

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

Participants (16)

ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY OF THESSALONIKI
Greece
Address
University Campus, Egnatia Street, Administration
54006 Thessaloniki
Accademia Economico Agraria dei Georgofili
Italy
Address
8,Via Giovanni Caproni 8
50122 Firenze
Agricultural University of Athens
Greece
Address
78,Iera Odos
11855 Athens
Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières (BRGM)
France
Address
Avenue De Concyr
45060 Orléans
CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Address
1,General Segura 1
04001 Almeria
Cranfield University
United Kingdom
Address
Cranfield
MK43 0AL Bedford
INSTITUTO DE METEOROLOGIA
Portugal
Address
Rua C Do Aeroporto De Lisboa
1749-077 Lisboa
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Belgium
Address
16B,redingenstraat
3000 Leuven
UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA
United Kingdom
Address
University Plain
NR4 7TJ Norwich
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS.
United Kingdom
Address
Woodhouse Lane
Leeds
UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
United Kingdom
Address
Cassie Building, Claremont Road
NE1 7RU Newcastle Upon Tyne
UNIVERSITY OF THE AEGEAN
Greece
Address
17,Karantoni 17
81100 Mytilini
Universidad de Murcia
Spain
Address
Campus De 'La Merced' C/santo Cristo 1
30001 Murcia
Universitat de Valencia
Spain
Address
Dr. Moliner
46100 Valencia
Universiteit van Amsterdam
Netherlands
Address
115,Dapperstraat
1093 BS Amsterdam
Università degli Studi di Cagliari
Italy
Address
Via Trentino 51
09100 Cagliari