4. Key Processes Regulating Soil and Landscape Functions

  1. Anton Imeson1,2

Published Online: 21 FEB 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781119977759.ch4

Desertification, Land Degradation and Sustainability

Desertification, Land Degradation and Sustainability

How to Cite

Imeson, A. (2011) Key Processes Regulating Soil and Landscape Functions, in Desertification, Land Degradation and Sustainability, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119977759.ch4

Author Information

  1. 1

    Foundation 3D Environmental Change, Foundation For Sustainable Development (FSD), The Netherlands

  2. 2

    University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 FEB 2012
  2. Published Print: 30 DEC 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470714485

Online ISBN: 9781119977759

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Keywords:

  • key processes, regulating soil and landscape functions;
  • land use change and functions affected;
  • landuse, runoff, erosion and water storage;
  • observer and multi-level phenomenon;
  • fine scale processes in land degradation;
  • soil structure and stability components;
  • land use impact on processes in catchments;
  • protection function of land and erosion;
  • vigil network sites in the USA;
  • vegetation patterns, responses to land degradation

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Fine scale processes

  • The provision of the hydrological function, runoff and sediment transport

  • The protection function of the land and erosion

  • The long-term impact: the vigil network sites in the USA

  • Hydrological response: what happens to the land when it rains

  • Water

  • Nature, natural capital and land degradation

  • Soil stability

  • Soil response and soil behaviour

  • Catchment response, hydrology and the soil

  • Discussion: vegetation patterns as responses to land degradation processes

  • Controlled desertification experiments

  • References and further reading