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  Information - SSS1 Soil erosion and degradation on Mediterranean type ecosystems

Event Information
Mediterranean type ecosystems are characterised by a seasonal contrasted distribution of the precipitation, by the coincidence of the driest and hottest season in summer, by a mountainous terrain and by a long history of intense human occupation around the Mediterranean sea. All those cultural and natural conditions result in a highly dynamic and complex soil erosion and degradation system. Within the last two decades substantial improvements on the scientific knowledge has been achieved by scientist around the world. The session to be held within the European Geoscience Union 2008 will be a great chance to share and show all those findings. The special session on SOIL EROSION AND DEGRADATION IN MEDITERRANEAN TYPE-ECOSYSTEMS (EroMed) will discuss topics on soil degradation, past and present erosion processes, the effect of agriculture, grazing, mining and other human activities such as land abandonment on the Mediterranean soils, fluvial and slope erosion and deposition processes, the forest fire effects, and the soil and landscape restoration and conservation strategies. Investigations developed by means of experimental and laboratory studies, field measurement and quantification, modelling and mapping assessment are welcome. The meeting will allow the researchers to share knowledge also about the soil erosion and degradation processes in the five Mediterranean areas (Mediterranean sea, California, Chile, South Africa and Australia), and to define and discuss future research challenges and strategies. This is also a key meeting to plan programs and develop future research projects. Scientists are invited to submit abstracts on the above mentioned topics. A peer review international journal will publish a special issue on the soil erosion and degradation in the Mediterranean Type Ecosystems.

Preliminary List of Solicited Speakers
John Thornes (United Kingdom)
Juan Puigdefábregas (Spain)
Anton C. Imeson (The Netherlands)
Rick Shakesby (United Kingdom)
Lea Wittenberg (Israel)
Erik Cammeraat (The Netherlands)
José Damián Ruiz Sinoga (Spain)
Carolina Boix (Spain)
Johannes Ries (Germany)
Freddy Rey (France)
Susanne Schnabel (Spain)


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