Environmental Issues in the Mediterranean
Processes and Perspectives from the Past and Present
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Environmental Issues in the Mediterranean by J. B. Thornes
Book DescriptionThe Mediterranean has been subject to changing human settlement and land use patterns for millennia, and has a history of human exploitation in an inherently unstable landscape. Environmental Issues in the Mediterranean reviews both physical and social aspects of this region, in relation to its environment. Ideal for students who are studying a range of environmental issues, but want to see them linked within one regional context. The book begins with an introduction to the Mediterranean region, its history, physical and human geography and its environmental problems. It then goes on to examine: * The Dynamic Environment - climate variables and fluctuations, vegetation, the hydrological cycle of the basin and its watershed, processes of erosion, fire and the Mediterranean Sea *The Human Impact on the Environment - prehistoric and historic land use, traditional agriculture, rural and urban settlement and use of mineral resources * The Mediterranean Environment Under Increasing Pressure - the present human landscape, changes in agriculture in the 20th century, the impact of depopulation, pollution, water resources, desertification and potential climatic change. It then concludes with a discussion of the region's on-going environmental issues of water resources, land degradation, agricultural intensification and tourism, and considers how these can be approached using management techniques and national and regional policies.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415156868
(246mm x 174mm x 33mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 25-Sep-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author J. B. Thornes
Mediterranean Desertification, Hardback (August 2002)
Desertification includes land degradation due to both climatic and anthropogenic causes, where land includes water, soil, and the biosphere. This book presents the findings from the European Community's MEDALUS project, which was formed to understand and manage semi arid environments that are undergoing great change.
Atlas of Mediterranean Environments in Europe, Hardback (November 1997)
This atlas is based on the findings of the European Community's MEDALUS project and looks at the environmental crisis facing the Mediterranean regions of Europe. It includes coverage of the impact of demographic movements, urbanization and land degredation and desertification.
Mediterranean Desertification and Land Use, Hardback (October 1996)» View all books by J. B. Thornes
This book describes the findings of the MEDALUS project to explore the international scale of problems caused by desertification and to provide the tools and policies to deal with them. It deals with the physical and anthropological processes of desertification and the methods used to investigate them.
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