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Adaptation of MEDALUS Method for the Analysis Depicting Land Degradation in Oued Labiod Valley (Eastern Algeria)

  • Bouhata RabahEmail author
  • Bensekhria Aida
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation book series (ASTI)

Abstract

The development of arid and semi-arid climatic mountain areas is strongly affected by land conservation and the fight against land degradation, which is the consequence of a set of several processes. In this study, we applied the Mediterranean Desertification and Land Use (MEDALUS) method on a mountainous area (the Oued Labiod valley) located in the southern foothills of the Aurès in eastern Algeria. The mapping of the vulnerability of this region to land degradation was developed by crossing four thematic layers (vegetation, climate, soil and management system, and human influence). The application of this method was based on the identification of vulnerable areas by making different parameters that can affect the process of desertification. Spatial analysis is a powerful tool that allows the modeling of each indicator. The cartographic and alphanumerical data are input and structured in a basic data, and analyzed by the Geographic Information Systems GIS. The results provide a document on the spatialization of priority zones and allowed achieving an integrated management of this mountainous area.

Keywords

MEDALUS Desertification Oued labiod GIS 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Natural Hazards and Regional Planning, Institute of Earth Sciences and UniverseUniversity of Batna 2BatnaAlgeria

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