Desertification and Drought



Desertification and Drought Related

Drought Damage to Trees:: Article by Dr Kim Coder into the progressive response of trees to lack of water, the effects on growth, biological lag effects, drought hardening, increased pest damage and the visible symptoms.

Managing Turfgrass under Drought Conditions:: Factsheet from Ohio State University Extension giving guidance on the proper cultural practices for lawns before and during water stress periods.

Wikipedia : Desertification:: Desertification is the degradation of land in arid, semi-arid, and dry sub-humid areas due to various factors: including climatic variations and human activities. Desertification is one of the world’s most alarming global environmental problems. It takes place worldwide in drylands. At least 90% of the inhabitants of drylands live in developing countries and they suffer the poorest economic and social conditions. Drylands occupy 41% of Earth

Land Degradation and Desertification:: International Union of Soil Sciences working group site offers conference reports, technical papers and links to other organizations.

Web Resources on Desertification:: Links to web sites providing information on desertification worldwide.

First UN Convention to Combat Desertification:: Purpose of meeting was to discuss the problem of land degradation and to offer suggestions to prevent this phenomena. Page includes list of participating countries and their ideas. Took place 29 September - 10 October 1997, Rome Italy. (September 29, 1997)

Len Milich: Desertification:: Addresses the basic arguments: Are desert lands resilient or fragile? Are changes natural or anthropogenic? Are changes reversible? How much land degradation is necessary before we declare desertification to have taken place? Does anthropogenic land degradation induce or augment meteorological drought?

Desertification of Arid Lands:: Looks at the role resource mismanagement plays in desertification.

Center of Ecological Desertification and Reforestation:: An international agency dedicated to academic studies, operational programs and public information on desertification and reforestation.

French Scientific Committee on Desertification:: CSFD provides political decision makers with accurate information on desertification and publishes thematic reports and fact sheets. In French and English.

  • New Additions: Desertification
Adaptive Strategies for Sustainable Livelihoods in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs) Project
Beijing's Desert Storm
Solar Energy: The Climate Threat's Counterforce
The Sahara and the Sahel Observatory (OSS)
Web Resources on Desertification