November 19, 2014

Climate Change in Drylands

Ecologists from the University of Cologne are Analyzing Vegetation Stability during and after Droughts

Approximately 40 percent of the earth’s surface is covered by drylands in which average annual precipitation is lower than evaporation. The changes projected to unfold in these areas in the course of climate change are alarming. Greater variations in annual and seasonal precipitation will lead to more frequent droughts and, presumably, longer drought periods. This means that drylands are among those areas most severely affected by climate change.