LAND DEGRADATION AND DESERTIFICATION: NEW RESEARCH AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR MONITORING AND MITIGATION
Chair: Andrea Vacca
Co-chair: Owen Graham
The IGU Commission on Land Degradation and Desertification (COMLAND) aims to play a leading international scientific role in facilitating better practical and theoretical understanding of land degradation and desertification processes and the feedbacks within and between the biophysical and socioeconomic systems that sustain negative impact on both humans and the environment. The proposed session, in its broad scope, focuses on new scientific approaches and alternative mitigation strategies with respect to a range of topics related to (a) land degradation and desertification in our changing global environment, (b) effects of environmental and social change arising from natural and human processes and their implications for land degradation and desertification, (c) regional case studies under different climatic regimes and environmental risks (forest fires, floods, river channel changes, soil-erosion, water depletion, water quality, etc.), (d) planning, design and outcome of conservation measures to better understand interactions between humans and their environment, (e) importance of adequate surveillance of land degradation processes to alert authorities, and (f) best techniques for monitoring changes and collecting, analysing, and archiving data. We seek papers that will discuss We seek papers that will discuss new research on these topics and its implications for monitoring and mitigation. IGC 2020 Istanbul Key Topics included in the proposed session are (a) Climate Change, (b) Earth and Disasters, (c) Eurasia and Middle East Studies, and (d) Anthropocene. The COMLAND session will provide opportunities for a wide range of physical and social scientists, students, administrators, stakeholders and decision makers, to consider and discuss invaluable insights and experiences on the aforementioned topics. The COMLAND session also aims to highlight the contribution of studies into land degradation and desertification towards the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.