Climate variability, climate change and land degradation

Henry, Beverley, McKeon, Greg, Syktus, Jozef, Carter, John, Day, Ken, & Rayner, David (2007) Climate variability, climate change and land degradation. In Sivakumar, M.V.K. & Ndiangui, N. (Eds.) Climate and Land Degradation. Springer, Berlin Heidelbreg, pp. 205-221.

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Effective response by government and individuals to the risk of land degradation requires an understanding of regional climate variations and the impacts of climate and management on condition and productivity of land and vegetation resources. Analysis of past land degradation and climate variability provides some understanding of vulnerability to current and future climate changes and the information needs for more sustainable management. We describe experience in providing climate risk assessment information for managing for the risk of land degradation in north-eastern Australian arid and semi-arid regions used for extensive grazing. However, we note that information based on historical climate variability, which has been relied on in the past, will now also have to factor in the influence of human-induced climate change. Examples illustrate trends in climate for Australia over the past decade and the impacts on indicators of resource condition. The analysis highlights the benefits of insights into past trends and variability in rainfall and other climate variables based on extended historic databases. This understanding in turn supports more reliable regional climate projections and decision support information for governments and land managers to better manage the risk of land degradation now and in the future.

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ID Code: 75139
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: Henry, Beverley McKeon, Greg Syktus, Jozef Carter, John Day, Ken Rayner, David
Environmental Engineering
International Workshop on Climate and Land Degradation
DEC 11-15, 2006
World Meteorol Org, UN Convent Combat Desertificat, Tanzania Meteorol Agcy, OPEC Fund Int Dev, UN Dev Programme, UNESCO
Rayner, David/A-6414-2011; Syktus, Jozef/E-7173-2011
Rayner, David/0000-0003-0545-3634; Syktus, Jozef/0000-0003-1782-3073
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Keywords: Climate variability, climate change, land degradation, grazing, livestock production
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-72438-4_11
ISBN: 9783540724377
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT (050200) > Environmental Management (050205)
Divisions: Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Deposited On: 18 Aug 2014 00:48
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2015 16:45

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