Assessment of land/catchment use and degradation

Renaud, F. G. , Sebesvari, Z. and Gain, A. K. (2021) Assessment of land/catchment use and degradation. In: Bogardi, J. J., Gupta, J., Nandalal, K. D. W., Salamé, L., van Nooijen, R. R.P., Kumar, N., Tingsanchali, T., Bhaduri, A. and Kolechkina, A. G. (eds.) Handbook of Water Resources Management: Discourses, Concepts and Examples. Springer: Cham, pp. 471-487. ISBN 9783030601454 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-60147-8_15)

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Agricultural conversion of land and rapid urbanization are the primary drivers of land cover and land use change (LCLUC) globally, resulting in massive deforestation, drainage of wetlands, effects on the water cycle, alteration of sediment budgets, and acceleration of land degradation and desertification. This has taken place across various spatial and temporal scales. This chapter provides an overview of hydrological impact of land use change at these multiple scales. It also reviews the state of the art in analyzing LCLUC impacts on water quality outcomes and showcases where different techniques have been used to reveal the relationship between the two. Finally, the chapter addresses the impacts LCLUC generated within entire basins can have on delta landscapes, which constitute very dynamic and fragile environments with typically high economic activities and population densities.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Renaud, Professor Fabrice
Authors: Renaud, F. G., Sebesvari, Z., and Gain, A. K.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social & Environmental Sustainability

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