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Mediterranean Landscape Dynamics Project


"Landuse and Landscape Socioecology in the Mediterranean Basin: A Natural Laboratory for the Study of the Long-Term Interaction of Human and Natural Systems."

This international, interdisciplinary research project models the long-term dynamics of human landuse and Mediterranean landscapes. Beginning in Fall 2004, modeling efforts have focued on eastern Spain and western Jordan, encompassing much of the range of environmental variability across the Mediterranean region.

The project examines long-term socioecological processes that shaped Mediterranean landscapes, from the beginning of farming to the beginning of complex civilization.


Contributors
Soto-Berelov, Mariela, Fall, Patricia, Barton, C. Michael, et al.
Created Date
2007

Poster presented at the American Geophysical Union 2006, San Francisco.

Contributors
DiMaggio, E. N., Arrowsmith, J. Ramon, Barton, C. Michael, et al.

Dramatic changes in land use were associated with the rise of agriculture in the mid Holocene in the Mediterranean region. Both the surface properties and the drainage networks were changed. Along with the direct modifications to surface properties (vegetation removal and change, sediment liberation and compaction) and consequent drainage alteration (terracing, canals), up and downstream responses in the watersheds communicated these changes throughout the landscape. The magnitude, rate, and feedbacks with the growing human populations are critical questions in our effort to assess human-landscape interactions. To investigate these relationships, recent field work in the Penaguila Valley in southeast Spain included …

Contributors
DiMaggio, E. N., La Rocca, N., Arrowsmith, J. Ramon, et al.

Invited symposium paper presented at the 71st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Juan.

Contributors
Barton, C. Michael, Sarjoughian, H. S., Falconer, Steven, et al.

Microsoft PowerPoint presentation about data management and access issues for the research project, "Land-Use and Landscape Socioecology in the Mediterranean Basin"

Contributors
Barton, C. Michael, Arrowsmith, J. Ramon
Created Date
2005