Co-ordination: Juan Puigdefabregas EEZA (CSIC)
Experimental de Zonas Aridas
The group’s research interests include the assessment of landscape responses to human and climatic driving forces in extreme environments and the development of indicators of land condition and land degradation. The research is carried out at several scales ranging from the plot to the landscape and the region. The group operates the Rambla Honda and El Cautivo experimental field sites, that have been running during the last ten years. Currently the team is concerned with understanding the sources and processes of spatial heterogeneity in drylands, and the implications on vegetation and soil patterns, rainfall partition and evapotranspiration,and ecological connectivity. Available techniques and facilities include the field sites of Rambla Honda-El Cautivo that have been running during the last 10 years, as well as field and laboratory techniques of surface hydrology, soil physics, soil micro-morphology, micro-meteorology, plant physiology, spatial modelling and GIS management.