(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2011)

Document title

The effects of soil moisture variability on the vegetation pattern in Mediterranean abandoned fields (Southern Spain)

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

(1) Dep. of Geography, Univ., Málaga, ESPAGNE


The AA. analyze the state of 3 abandoned fields situated under different Mediterranean climatic conditions from the recovery point of view by means of monitoring the effects of spatial and temporal variability of soil moisture in the vegetation pattern over a period of 2 years sampling (Nov. 2002–Nov. 2004). The results showed that: i) more annual rainfall volume did not guarantee success in the biological recovery of the system due to the influence of other factors such as the degradation state of the soil post-abandonment or the steep slope gradient; ii) soil moisture variability tended to play a more important role in affecting vegetal cover in semi-arid conditions; and iii) in dry climatic conditions the system demonstrated greater signs of recovery (greater biodiversity)


Article of periodic

published at : Catena / ISSN 0341-8162

Editor : Catena, Cremlingen-Destedt - ALLEMAGNE (1973)

Millesime : 2011, vol. 85, no1 [pp. 1-11]

Bibliographic references : 47 ref.

Collation : 7 fig., 6 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16767

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