Banded Vegetation Patterning in Arid and Semiarid Environments

Ecological Processes and Consequences for Management

  • David J. Tongway
  • Christian Valentin
  • Josiane Seghieri

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 149)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Jean-Marc d’Herbès, Christian Valentin, David J. Tongway, Jean-Claude Leprun
    Pages 1-19
  3. Josiane Seghieri, David L. Dunkerley
    Pages 32-51
  4. Richard S. B. Greene, Christian Valentin, Michel Esteves
    Pages 52-76
  5. Sylvie Galle, Joost Brouwer, Jean-Pierre Delhoume
    Pages 77-104
  6. David J. Eldridge, Michel Lepage, Maire A. Bryannah, Paul Ouedraogo
    Pages 105-131
  7. Carlos Montaña, Josiane Seghieri, Antoine Cornet
    Pages 132-145
  8. Andre Mauchamp, Serge Rambal, John A. Ludwig, David J. Tongway
    Pages 146-166
  9. Jean M. Thiéry, David L. Dunkerley, Blair Orr
    Pages 167-197
  10. David O. Freudenberger, Pierre Hiernaux
    Pages 198-209
  11. James C. Noble, Regis Peltier, Pierre Montagne, El H. L. Mahamane
    Pages 210-227
  12. Christian Valentin, David J. Tongway, Josiane Seghieri
    Pages 228-243
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 245-254

About this book


Aerial photography has revealed the striking, widespread phenomenon of repeating patterns of vegetation in more arid areas of the world. Two interdependent phases, bands of dense and sparse vegetation, alternate in the landscape. This volume synthesizes half a centurys accumulated knowledge of both theoretical and applied landscape functions from a variety of these regions. It covers structure, dynamics, and methods of study, as well as disturbances to these landscapes and relevant management issues. Chapters are included to discuss the role of modeling in answering questions about the origins and complex processes of banded landscapes. Studies of banded landscapes have yielded valuable lessons for understanding other semi-arid landscapes as well, leading to a knowledge base facilitating sustainable use and rehabilitation.


Vegetation development environment soil

Editors and affiliations

  • David J. Tongway
    • 1
  • Christian Valentin
    • 2
  • Josiane Seghieri
    • 3
  1. 1.CSIRO Sustainable EcosystemsCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.Institut de Recherche pou Développement (IRD)Paris cedex 10France
  3. 3.Laboratoire d’étude du Comportement des Sols Cultivés (LCSC)Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD)Montpellier cedex 1France

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-6559-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4613-0207-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
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