Biogeochemistry of desertification and woody encroachment in grazing systems

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Abstract

Grazing systems occupy more of the terrestrial biosphere than any other form of land use, with arid and semi-arid regions supporting disproportionately larger grazing area than other biomes. Two common responses of dryland ecosystems to grazing practices are desertification and woody encroachment, with the former occurring in more arid zones and the latter becoming prevalent in mesic areas. Desertification and woody encroachment are linked to ecosystem impoverishment and land-use abandonment. Desertification leads to fragmented ecosystem structure and decreased carbon storage. Woody encroachment results in increased structural heterogeneity of the landscape, elevated carbon stores aboveground, and variable belowground carbon responses. Nitrogen accumulates under woody plants in both desertification and woody encroachment scenarios, but large-scale changes in nitrogen stocks and trace gas fluxes differ substantially between these types of land degradation. New remote sensing approaches based on imaging spectroscopy allow regional-scale estimates of carbon and nitrogen dynamics that will increase our understanding of desertification and woody encroachment in global grazing systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEcosystems and Land Use Change, 2004
EditorsGregory P. Asner, Richard A. Houghton, Ruth S. Defries
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
Pages99-116
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781118665985
ISBN (Print)9780875904184
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameGeophysical Monograph Series
Volume153
ISSN (Print)0065-8448
ISSN (Electronic)2328-8779

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desertification
biogeochemistry
grazing
ecosystems
land use
carbon
nitrogen
biosphere
ecosystem structure
ecosystem
land degradation
woody plant
biome
trace gas
semiarid region
carbon sequestration
remote sensing
spectroscopy
degradation
estimates

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  • Geophysics

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Asner, G. P., & Martin, R. E. (2004). Biogeochemistry of desertification and woody encroachment in grazing systems. In G. P. Asner, R. A. Houghton, & R. S. Defries (Eds.), Ecosystems and Land Use Change, 2004 (pp. 99-116). (Geophysical Monograph Series; Vol. 153). Blackwell Publishing Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1029/153GM09

Biogeochemistry of desertification and woody encroachment in grazing systems. / Asner, Gregory P.; Martin, Roberta E.

Ecosystems and Land Use Change, 2004. ed. / Gregory P. Asner; Richard A. Houghton; Ruth S. Defries. Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 2004. p. 99-116 (Geophysical Monograph Series; Vol. 153).

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Asner, GP & Martin, RE 2004, Biogeochemistry of desertification and woody encroachment in grazing systems. in GP Asner, RA Houghton & RS Defries (eds), Ecosystems and Land Use Change, 2004. Geophysical Monograph Series, vol. 153, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, pp. 99-116. https://doi.org/10.1029/153GM09
Asner GP, Martin RE. Biogeochemistry of desertification and woody encroachment in grazing systems. In Asner GP, Houghton RA, Defries RS, editors, Ecosystems and Land Use Change, 2004. Blackwell Publishing Ltd. 2004. p. 99-116. (Geophysical Monograph Series). https://doi.org/10.1029/153GM09
Asner, Gregory P. ; Martin, Roberta E. / Biogeochemistry of desertification and woody encroachment in grazing systems. Ecosystems and Land Use Change, 2004. editor / Gregory P. Asner ; Richard A. Houghton ; Ruth S. Defries. Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 2004. pp. 99-116 (Geophysical Monograph Series).
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