The EU is now entering an agreement with Lund University regarding research into the desertification. The background is that 40 research organizations from 16 countries recently gathered in Madrid to launch an EU project (DeSurvey) about land degradation and desertification in Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America. The EU funding is about SEK 75 million. Lund University will be taking part as the only Scandinavian unit, in the person of Professor Ulf Helldén at the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Analysis and the Center for GeoBiosphere Science.
DeSurvey is probably one of the largest commitments ever made to a single research project on desertification. It will be followed with great interest by a number of international organizations.
During the period 2005-2010 scientists will develop and test a new system for monitoring and modeling desertification and land destruction in terms of climate, the interplay of humans and nature, and the vulnerability of landscapes to processes of land destruction. Even though the desertification is seen as a global threat, there is no generally accepted diagnostic method for use in planning and in combating it.
Göran Frankel | alfa
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