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Vegetationsveränderungen in Westafrika im Spiegel des Klimawandels und der Landnutzung

Title data

Brandt, Martin ; Paeth, Heiko ; Samimi, Cyrus:
Vegetationsveränderungen in Westafrika im Spiegel des Klimawandels und der Landnutzung.
In: Geographische Rundschau. Vol. 65 (2013) Issue 9 . - pp. 36-42.
ISSN 0016-7460

Project information

Project financing: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

Abstract in another language

Western Africa has been discussed as a hot spot of environmental change. In the 1970ies and 80ies a drastic decrease in precipitation and severe droughts occurred in the Sahel. The degradation of the vegetation led to the desertification paradigm. But also in wetter regions south of the Sahel vegetation changes, mainly forest losses have happened. Since the 90ies the precipitation stabilized somewhat and a greening trend can be observed. Both paradigms, desertification and greening, tend to neglect regional and local differences. These differences are often decoupled from rainfall and are linked to land use practices. The article gives an overview about regional trends of vegetation and climate change and emphasize on decoupling precipitation and vegetation. Local examples show how land use leads to diverse vegetation developments.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Africa; Sahel; Climate Change; Environmental change; Land use
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Professorship Climatology > Professorship Climatology - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Cyrus Samimi
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields > African Studies
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields > Ecology and the Environmental Sciences
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research- BayCEER
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Institute of African Studies - IAS
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Professorship Climatology
Profile Fields
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Research Centres
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science > 500 Natural sciences
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2014 14:53
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2014 14:53
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/4419