Assessing desertification risk using system stability condition analysis

Ibañez Puerta, Javier and Martínez Valderrama, Jaime and Puigdefábregas, Juan (2008). Assessing desertification risk using system stability condition analysis. "Ecological Modelling", v. 213 (n. 2); pp. 180-190. ISSN 0304-3800. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2007.11.017.

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Title: Assessing desertification risk using system stability condition analysis
Author/s:
  • Ibañez Puerta, Javier
  • Martínez Valderrama, Jaime
  • Puigdefábregas, Juan
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Ecological Modelling
Date: May 2008
Volume: 213
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Desertification risk, System Dynamics, Alternative long-term states
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Agrónomos (UPM) [antigua denominación]
Department: Estadística y Métodos de Gestión en Agricultura [hasta 2014]
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

This paper describes a procedure for evaluating the desertification risk in threatened areas. The procedure is based on an eight-equation dynamic model of a generic human–resource system that can be applied to different desertification syndromes. For each application, interest focuses on finding all the possible long-term final states of the system and on defining the conditions that mark out sustainability and long-term desertification by means of unambiguous specific parameter relations. The procedure is applied to three typified cases in Spain: (A) rainfed crops in areas with high soil erosion risk; (B) irrigated intensive agricultural systems; and (C) commercial rangelands. Results show that, in case A, high profit scenarios are responsible for the final extension of desertification but do not determine the specific threshold between sustainability and desertification. They do, however, in cases B and C.

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