© 1991

Vegetation and climate interactions in semi-arid regions

  • Editors
  • A. Henderson-Sellers
  • A. J. Pitman

Part of the Advances in vegetation science book series (AIVS, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VII
  2. Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. M. M. Verstraete, S. A. Schwartz
      Pages 3-13
  3. Measurement

  4. Modelling

  5. Management

About this book


The chapters in this section place the problems of vegetation and climate interactions in semi-arid regions into the context which recur throughout the book. First, Verstraete and Schwartz review desertification as a process of global change evaluating both the human and climatic factors. The theme of human impact and land management is discussed further by Roberts whose review focuses on semi-arid land-use planning. In the third and final chapter in this section we return to the meteorological theme. Nicholls reviews the effects of El Nino/Southern Oscillation on Australian vegetation stressing, in particular, the interaction between plants and their climatic environment. Vegetatio 91: 3-13, 1991. 3 A. Henderson-Sellers and A. J. Pitman (eds). Vegetation and climate interactions in semi-arid regions. © 1991 Kluwer Academic Publishers. Desertification and global change 2 M. M. Verstraete! & S. A. Schwartz ! Institute for Remote Sensing Applications, CEC Joint Research Centre, Ispra Establishment, TP 440, 1-21020 Ispra (Varese), Italy; 2 Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI48109-2143, USA Accepted 24. 8. 1990 Abstract Arid and semiarid regions cover one third of the continental areas on Earth. These regions are very sensitive to a variety of physical, chemical and biological degradation processes collectively called desertification.


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Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Vegetation and climate interactions in semi-arid regions
  • Editors A. Henderson-Sellers
    A.J Pitman
  • Series Title Advances in vegetation science
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-1061-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-5440-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-011-3264-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VII, 238
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Plant Sciences
    Plant Ecology
    Atmospheric Sciences
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`I can certainly recommend this collection. The undergraduate student should certainly find this a very useful reference text but the general reader will find much to interest and inform.'
International Journal of Climatology, 12

` This book is an impressive and truly interdisciplinary collection of outstading scientific contributions on various aspects of semi-arid lands. Even though this book is strongly focused on the semi-arid lands of Australia, agronomists, ecologists, and climatologists from all over the world will find it of great interest. They will not be disappointed. '
Acta Oecologica, 14:1