Soil System Sciences

Climate change effects on agriculture and land and water resources in Spain

E. Vargas-Amelin (Research Group International Political Economy, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia and Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and P. Pindado (Permanent Representation of Spain at the European Union. Ministry of Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs) have just published an  interesting paper on climate change effects on agriculture and land and water resources in Spain.

According to the authors, recent studies point towards more frequent and intense droughts and floods, increases in temperature or decrease in river flows, less availability for different uses and other significant impacts in agriculture, ecosystems and biodiversity. These impacts may accentuate the desertification problems already present in Spain, as well in other Mediterranean fragile ecosystems.

You can read the abstract the full paper at:

Vargas-Amelin, E., Pindado, P. 2013. The challenge of climate change in Spain: water resources, agriculture and land. Journal of Hydrology. In press. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2013.11.035.

Antonio Jordán is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Seville and coordinator of the MED Soil Research Group. Antonio’s research focusses on rainfall-induced soil erosion processes, the effects of wildfires on soil properties and soil degradation in Mediterranean areas. He is an active members of the Soil System Sciences (SSS) Division of the European Geosciences Union (EGU), which coordinates the scientific programme on soil sciences.