5. Human Impact on Degradation Processes

  1. Anton Imeson1,2

Published Online: 21 FEB 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781119977759.ch5

Desertification, Land Degradation and Sustainability

Desertification, Land Degradation and Sustainability

How to Cite

Imeson, A. (2011) Human Impact on Degradation Processes, in Desertification, Land Degradation and Sustainability, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119977759.ch5

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



  • human impact on degradation processes;
  • soil erosion processes;
  • grazing and erosion;
  • response of soil structure to cultivation;
  • fire and land degradation processes;
  • human impact, Central Cordillera of Columbia;
  • sediment load and soil erosion;
  • soil conservation principles and erosion;
  • water resource development irrigation as response;
  • conceptual approaches to soil conservation


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Soil erosion processes

  • Response of soil structure to cultivation and farming

  • Gully erosion

  • Grazing and erosion

  • The impact of fire on land degradation processes

  • Case 1: Blue Ridge Foothills

  • Case 2: Human impact in the Atlantic States

  • Case 3: Impact of forest logging in California Casper Creek

  • Case 4: Karuah Forest, New South Wales, Australia

  • Case 5: Afforestation in Spain

  • Case 6: Soil erosion impacts in Europe

  • Case 7: Human impact in the Central Cordillera of Columbia

  • Case 8: Bolivia Tarije

  • The sediment load and soil erosion

  • Monitoring methods to verify impact and management on erosion

  • Water resource development irrigation as responses

  • Soil conservation principles and erosion

  • Conceptual approaches to soil conservation

  • References and further reading