The Kalahari Transect: Research on Global Change and Sustainable Development in Southern Africa

One of 18 texts in the series: IGBP Report available on this site.

PDF Version Also Available for Download.

Description

The Kalahari Transect is proposed as one of IGBPs Transects (see Koch et al. 1995 [IGBP Report 36]). It is located so as to span the gradient between the arid subtropics and the moist tropics in southern Africa, a zone potentially susceptible to changes in the global precipitation pattern. Its focus is the relationships between the structure and function of ecosystems and their large-scale biophysical and human drivers (climate, atmosphere and land use). The Kalahari Transect spans a strong climatic gradient in southern Africa, from the arid south to the humid north, while remaining on a single broad soil type, ... continued below

Physical Description

61 p.

Creation Information

Scholes, R.J. & Parsons, D.A.B. 1997.

Context

This text is part of the collection entitled: Environmental Policy Collection and was provided by UNT Libraries to Digital Library, a digital repository hosted by the UNT Libraries. It has been viewed 530 times , with 5 in the last month . More information about this text can be viewed below.

Who

People and organizations associated with either the creation of this text or its content.

Publisher

  • IGBP Secretariat
    Publisher Info: http://www.igbp.net/
    Place of Publication: Stockholm, Sweden

Provided By

UNT Libraries

With locations on the Denton campus of the University of North Texas and one in Dallas, UNT Libraries serves the school and the community by providing access to physical and online collections; The Portal to Texas History and UNT Digital Libraries; academic research, and much, much more.

Contact Us

What

Descriptive information to help identify this text. Follow the links below to find similar items on the Digital Library.

Titles

  • Main Title: The Kalahari Transect: Research on Global Change and Sustainable Development in Southern Africa
  • Added Title: International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) Report 42
  • Series Title: IGBP Report

Description

The Kalahari Transect is proposed as one of IGBPs Transects (see Koch et al. 1995 [IGBP Report 36]). It is located so as to span the gradient between the arid subtropics and the moist tropics in southern Africa, a zone potentially susceptible to changes in the global precipitation pattern. Its focus is the relationships between the structure and function of ecosystems and their large-scale biophysical and human drivers (climate, atmosphere and land use). The Kalahari Transect spans a strong climatic gradient in southern Africa, from the arid south to the humid north, while remaining on a single broad soil type, the deep sands of the Kalahari basin. The vegetation ranges over the length of the transect from shrubland through savannas and woodlands to closed evergreen tropical forest, with land uses ranging from migratory wildlife systems, through pastoralism, subsistence cropping to forestry. The objectives of the Kalahari Transect activity are to: build an active network of regional and international researchers around the issue of ecosystem structure and function in savanna woodlands undergoing climatic and land use change; quantify the current and future role of southern African savanna woodlands in the global carbon, water and trace gas budgets and the degree of dependence of these budgets on climate and land use change; develop a predictive understanding of future changes in southern African savannas and woodlands on sandy soils, including their capacity to deliver forage, timber and other products. A five year project is proposed, commencing in 1997. The project revolves around four themes: vegetation structure, composition and dynamics; biogeochemistry, trace gas emissions and productivity; resource use and management and water and energy balance. These themes define the minimum set of processes necessary for understanding of the Kalahari system.

Physical Description

61 p.

Notes

[harvested 2009-10-28]

Language

Item Type

Identifier

Unique identifying numbers for this text in the Digital Library or other systems.

Collections

This text is part of the following collection of related materials.

Environmental Policy Collection

The Environmental Policy Collection contains reports, policy documents, and media selected from local, statewide, national, and international organizations; government and private agencies; and scientific and research institutions. The collection also contains theses and dissertations relevant to environmental policy.

What responsibilities do I have when using this text?

When

Dates and time periods associated with this text.

Creation Date

  • 1997

Added to The UNT Digital Library

  • March 16, 2010, 3:46 p.m.

Description Last Updated

  • March 23, 2010, 1:11 p.m.

Usage Statistics

When was this text last used?

Yesterday: 0
Past 30 days: 5
Total Uses: 530

Where

Geographical information about where this text originated or about its content.

Publication Place

Map Information

  • map marker Automatically generated Place Name coordinates.
  • map marker Automatically generated Publication Place coordinates.
  • Repositioning map may be required for optimal printing.

Mapped Locations

Interact With This Text

Here are some suggestions for what to do next.

Start Reading

PDF Version Also Available for Download.

Citations, Rights, Re-Use

Scholes, R.J. & Parsons, D.A.B. The Kalahari Transect: Research on Global Change and Sustainable Development in Southern Africa, text, 1997; Stockholm, Sweden. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc11999/: accessed September 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .