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Commission Européenne (CORDIS) 1998

Changes in arid Mediterranean ecosystems on the long term through earth observation

Changes Arid Mediterranean

CORDIS (Service Communautaire d’Information sur la Recherche et le Développement) Commission Européenne

Titre : Changes in arid Mediterranean ecosystems on the long term through earth observation

Région : Méditerranée

Code du projet : IC18970155 FP4-INCO

Durée : From 1998-01-01 to 2001-12-31

Descriptif
The objective of the project is to develop a comprehensive method for monitoring desertification in the south of the Mediterranean basin, which provides information useful for the operational management of arid lands and which involves all the affected countries.
The main purpose is to discriminate, at local scale, (and after elimination of seasonal fluctuations) areas where soil and vegetation are degrading, where they are stable, where they are recovering (after restoration action has been taken, e.g.). In addition, the understanding of the relationships between those changes and land use will be a major objective.
This aim is an answer to the need for reliable and detailed data on the condition and evolution of arid zones as has been strongly expressed by officials in charge of environmental policies. Desertification in the northern shore of the Mediterranean is already a concern at the European level. The southern shore is far more affected (see map on front cover) because of the dryer climate, the inherent fragility of the ecosystems and high demographic pressure ; a strong political will to tackle this phenomenon exists at national and international levels (confer the international Convention to Combat Desertification).

Participants au projet
Coordinateur : Commission of the European Communities (Italy)
Participants : CENTRE NATIONAL DE TELEDETECTION Tunisia ; Centre de Recherche Scientifiques et Techniques sur les Zones Arides Algeria ; INSTITUT DE RECHERCHE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT France ; NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF ITALY Italy ; National Authority for Remote Sensing & Space Sciences Egypt : Office Régional de Mise en Valeur Agricole de Ouarzazate Morocco

Présentation : Commission Européenne

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