Dynamics of Arid and Mountain Landscapes: Evaluating Change in Vulnerable, Variable Environments

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Session ID#: 24571

Session Description:
More than a quarter of the planet’s inhabitants live in drylands or above 2100 meters. Yet, anthropogenic land dynamics in both mountain and arid landscapes are understudied, despite the UN’s 2003 designation of each December 11 as International Mountain Day, and the UN’s designation of 2010-2020 as the Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification. It is critical to understand recent and ongoing land dynamics in these vulnerable and variable environments in the light of pervasive global change.  We invite disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary presentations whether they be case studies, technical/methodological advances, or syntheses on the topic of evaluating changing arid or mountain landscapes.
Primary Convener:  Geoffrey M Henebry, South Dakota State University, Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence, Brookings, SD, United States
Convener:  Kirsten de Beurs, University of Oklahoma Norman Campus, Norman, OK, United States

  • B - Biogeosciences
  • EP - Earth and Planetary Surface Processes
  • H - Hydrology
  • NH - Natural Hazards
Index Terms:

0468 Natural hazards [BIOGEOSCIENCES]
1630 Impacts of global change [GLOBAL CHANGE]
1632 Land cover change [GLOBAL CHANGE]
4330 Vulnerability [NATURAL HAZARDS]

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

George P Malanson, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, United States
Minna Ma II1, Wenping Yuan2, Jie Dong3, Fawei Zhang4, Wenwen Cai5 and Hongqin Li4, (1)Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China, (2)CAREERI/CAS Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute, Lanzhou, China, (3)State Key Laboratory of Earth Surface Processes and Resource Ecology, Beijing Normal University, Beijng, China, (4)Northwest Institute of Plateau Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xining, China, (5)SuperMap Software, Beijing, China
Natsuki Sasaki, The University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan and Toshihiko Sugai, Univ Tokyo, Kashiwa, Japan
Xq Geng1, Xia Zhao1, Haihua Shen1, Huifeng Hu1 and Jingyun Fang2, (1)IB Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, (2)Peking University, Department of Ecology, Beijing, China