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Monitoring &



Gulf Cooperation Council
Network for Drylands Research & Development

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مجلس التعاون الخليجي لدراسات

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Monitoring & Evaluation

This page is still under construction and will be ready in January 2006

Information on desertification and climate change enhances our ability to assess the chronic vulnerability of societies in affected areas. Such information can also help natural resource managers to better address the impacts and search for appropriate implementation measures. Therefore, the Conference of the Parties (COP) of the UNCCD has repeatedly required the establishment of scientific methods on evaluation and monitoring of desertification, such as Remote Sensing   as well as Database Development  .


NDRD recommends:

The Humboldt University Remote Sensing Laboratory
focuses inter alia on Land degradation and desertification studies

Global change and associated climate change scenarios lead to an increasing threat of land degradation and desertification. Remote sensing is one of the means to monitor and assess associated processes and phenomena in spatially and temporally explicit ways. Desertification can only be assessed based on precise information over extended periods of time. The analysis of long time series of data is therefore one of the research objectives of the Remote Sensing Laboratory at the Humboldt University Berlin. In this context, it is mandatory to incorporate dedicated secondary information, such as socio-economic background data and the respective spatial derivatives, in the analysis approach to understand the underlying processes.


Desert Watch

Tracking desertification with satellites

The European Space Agency (ESA) is backing a satellite-based information service called DesertWatch, working with national partners of four of the European countries most affected by desertification: Read more …

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