© 1999


Droughts and Human Development


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. Monique Mainguet
    Pages 1-4
  3. Monique Mainguet
    Pages 269-274
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 275-302

About this book


At the intersection of environmental science and human biology this book deals with dry ecosystems - aridity, droughts, wind and its influence on soils and regulation - the societies affected by these ecosystems, and the inventiveness of those living under these conditions. These environments are the basis of nomad existence, of irrigated agriculture and of the first civilisations dependent on streams. Changes in the modern epoch, the ever-increasing technology and demographic development show that environmental degradation and the socio-economic situation cannot be explained by just one factor. This book tries to answer the question whether long-lasting development is possible in dry environments.


Klimaänderung Landdegradation Landerosion Trockenheit aridity climate change ecosystem land degradation land erosion nachhaltige Entwicklung sustainable development vegetation wind

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratoire de Géographie Zonale pour le DéveloppementUniversité de Reims Champagne-ArdenneReimsFrance

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Aridity
  • Book Subtitle Droughts and Human Development
  • Authors Monique Mainguet
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-63342-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-08327-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-662-03906-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 302
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Original French edition published by Masson, Paris, 1995
  • Topics Geography, general
    Atmospheric Sciences
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