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2010

Water and Sustainability in Arid Regions

Springer

Titre : Water and Sustainability in Arid Regions

Bridging the Gap Between Physical and Social Sciences

Editors : Schneier-Madanes, Graciela ; Courel, Marie-Francoise
Publisher : Springer
Date : 2010
Pages : 349 p.

Presentation
In arid regions, agriculture that is ill-adapted to the environment, accelerated urbanization, poverty, and increasing pollution challenge access to and uses of water. Understanding these issues requires incorporating findings from both the physical and social sciences at different temporal and spatial scales.
The chapters in this book were written by hydrologists, remote sensing specialists, ecologists, historians, economists, political scientists, architects, archaeologists, and other experts who live in and study arid lands. The authors present updates, overviews, and analyses of water challenges these areas have faced and are striving to address, from salinization in the fabled Taklimakan Desert in China to land degradation in the northern Mediterranean to groundwater over-exploitation in the southwestern United States.
The book also examines desertification, remote sensing, qanat systems, architecture, arsenic contamination, and other case studies from Iran, the Maghreb region, Argentina and Chile, and Mexico. From this conceptual mosaic of comparative perspectives and research methods emerges a strong assumption : an interdisciplinary approach that combines physical and social sciences is the first step toward globally and comprehensively addressing water and sustainability.

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