Determination of broad-scale land use changes by climate and soils

Brouwer, F.M. (1989). Determination of broad-scale land use changes by climate and soils. Journal of Environmental Management 29 (1) 1-15.

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Soil quality and climatic conditions are vital environmental determinants of land use patterns. This paper addresses some major environmental determinants for broad-scale land use changes in the context of the European continent. The land can be degraded owing to anthropogenic and environmental changes, rendering it unfit for agricultural (and possible other human) use. Major land degradation factors include (i) compaction, (ii) erosion, (iii) toxification, (iv) reduction of nutrients and organic matter, and (v) salinization. A possible future change in global climate will have profound effects on all kinds of land use, including both natural and managed vegetation. A qualitative assessment is presented of possible changes in these land degradation factors due to a "not-impossible' scenario for a future transformation in European climate

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: climatic change; degradation; land-use change; soil quality
Research Programs: Environment Program - Core (ENC)
Depositing User: Romeo Molina
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2016 07:34
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:26

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