Arid and Semi-Arid Environments: Biogeodiversity, Impacts and Environmental Challenges


Gabriel Ferguson (Editor)

Series: Environmental Science, Engineering and Technology
BISAC: SCI026000

Water is the most limiting factor for irrigated agriculture in arid and semi-arid areas of European Mediterranean countries. In this book, the authors’ explore the different mechanisms and robust tools to monitor plant-water status, with the aim of keeping crops within a certain threshold of moderate-to-mild water stress. Other chapters include research on agricultural techniques in semi-arid environments that would benefit the surrounding environment and impact soil management.

The third chapter includes site-specific documentation of landforms developed in the Ejina Basin in Central Asia and its implications for late quaternary landscape evolution and palaeoenvironmental change. The fourth chapter focuses on the links between economic value addition, demographics, personal income and entrepreneurship in selected South African towns. The last chapter reviews thirty years of ecological monitoring in Algerian arid rangelands.
(Imprint: Nova)


Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1
Linking Semiarid-Mountain Agriculture to Environmental Benefits and Adverse Impact
(V.H. Durán Zuazo, C.R. Rodríguez Pleguezuelo, J.R. Francia Martínez, S. Cuadros Tavira and I.F. García Tejero, IFAPA Centro “Las Torres-Tomejil”, Carretera Sevilla-Cazalla, Alcalá del Río, Sevilla, Spain, and others)

Chapter 2
Thermal Imaging to Assess the Plant-Water Status in Woody Crops under Arid and Semi-Arid Conditions
(Iván Francisco García-Tejero, Víctor Hugo Durán-Zuazo and José Luis Muriel-Fernández, Centro IFAPA “Las Torres – Tomejil. Ctra. Alcalá del Río, Sevilla, Spain)

Chapter 3
Geomorphodiversity of the Ejina Basin in Inner Mongolia, Central Asia: Implications for Late Quaternary Landscape Evolution and Palaeoenvironmental Change
(Bingqi Zhu, Jingjie Yu, Patrick Rioual, Yan Gao, Yichi Zhang, Leilei Min, Chaoyang Du, Heigang Xiong, Key Laboratory of Water Cycle and Related Land Surface Processes, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, and others)

Chapter 4
New Utilization/Conservation Dilemmas in the Karoo, South Africa: Potential Economic, Demographic and Entrepreneurial Consequences
(D. F. Toerien, Centre for Environmental Management, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa)

Chapter 5
Three Decades of Ecological Monitoring in Algerian Arid Rangelands
(Aziz Hirche, Mostefa Salamani, Boughani Abdelmadjid, Dalila Nedjraoui, Ratiba Hourizi, Youcef Oukil, Halima Slimani, Zina Khedache, Fahima Belala, Tahar Ait Hamouda, Nacer Adi, and Mohamed Grandi, Laboratory of Vegetal Ecology, Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Sciences and Technology, Houari Boumediene (USTHB), Algiers, Algeria, and others)



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