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Mediterranean desertification and land use impacts - Project 4 - Research and policy interfacing in selected regions

Objective

To demonstrate the practical utility in specific cases, of the
scientific investigations of MEDALUS I through integrated
application of desertification research directly into regional
problem solving at local, catchment and regional level, and to
build on the practical experiences of government and commercial
agencies, through the interfacing of science and policy, in
mitigating the effects of desertification in the specific
regions.


The Project will examine the desertification problem in three
areas: at the local level in the Agri valley in Basilicata, at
the medium catchment level in the Guadalentin valley in
south-east Spain, and at the regional level in the Abruzzo,
eastern Italy.

Plans for desertification mitigation will be developed involving
the following steps:

Assembly of climatic, geological, soils and topographic
information from existing sources, including satellite imagery
and the creation of Geographical Information Systems for the
three areas.

Field data collection for model calibration and ground truthing,
especially of dynamic soil and vegetation cover properties.

Establishment of the contemporary and historical land use
patterns and practices in relation to local, regional, national
and Community policy and in relation to climatic hazards and
basic physiographic conditions.

The identification and mapping of desertification response units
at the three scales, through field and satellite mapping of
desertification indicators.

Implementation of physical models developed under Project 1 of
MEDALUS II to determine, under various climatic scenarios, the
risks of further deterioration in the DRUs and the identification
of critical areas, the erosion and runoff hazards as they vary
spatially, seasonally and through time, and the likely impact on
water resources.

Assessment of the appropriate measures to mitigate existing and
predicted impacts on land use, water resources and physical
environmental hazards (including water quality) through the
development of complex systems models of land-use and water
resource allocation for the selected areas.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

KING'S COLLEGE LONDON
Address
Strand
WC2R 2LS London
United Kingdom

Participants (16)

Accademia Economico Agraria dei Georgofili
Italy
Address
8,Via Giovanni Caproni 8
50122 Firenze
Alenia - Aeritalia & Selenia SpA
Italy
Address
Via Vitorchiano 81
00189 Roma
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR)
Italy
Address
Strada Provinciale La Crucca 5
07100 Sassari
Consorzio Redat
Italy
Address
Via Luigi Roncinotto 1
00154 Roma
Ente Regionale di Sviluppo Agricolo della Lombardia
Italy
Address
Milano 2
20090 Segrate Milano
Ente Toscano di Sviluppo Agricolo Forestale
Italy
Address
Via Verdi 16
50122 Firenze
Fondazione Scienza per l'Ambiente
Italy
Address
Via Galileo 32
50125 Firenze
Fundacion Universidad Empresa de Murcia
Spain
Address
1,Plaza De Fontes
30001 Murcia
ICONA - Instituto Nacional para la Conservacion de la Naturaleza
Spain
Address
6,Avenida Alfonso X El Sabio
30008 Murcia
Regione Veneto
Italy
Address
Via G. Marconi 55
35037 Teolo Padova
Società di Informatica per l'Agricoltura SpA Agrisel
Italy
Address
Via G. Vincenzo Bona 65
00156 Roma
TELESPAZIO S.P.A.
Italy
Address
Via Tiburtina 965
00156 Roma
UNIVERSIT DEGLI STUDI DELLA BASILICATA
Italy
Address
Via Nazario Sauro 85
85100 Potenza
Università degli Studi di Genova
Italy
Address
11 A,via Opera Pia 11/A
16145 Genova
Università degli Studi di Milano
Italy
Address
Via Celoria 2
20133 Milano
Università degli Studi di Sassari
Italy
Address
Piazza Universitá
07100 Sassari