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Saline wetlands' fate in inland deserts: an example of 80 years' decline in Monegros, Spain

Other TitlesSaline wetlands fate in inland deserts: an example of eighty years decline from Monegros, Spain
AuthorsDomínguez-Beisiegel, Manuela; Herrero Isern, Juan CSIC ORCID ; Castañeda del Álamo, Carmen CSIC ORCID
landscape evolution
Natura 2000
Issue DateMay-2013
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
CitationDomínguez-Beisiegel M, Herrero J, Castañeda C. Saline wetlands' fate in inland deserts: an example of eighty years' decline from Monegros, Spain. Land Degradation and Development 24 (3): 250-265 (2013)
AbstractWetlands inventory is one of the goals of conservation plans on a national scale and a global scale. Inventories are needed for long-term monitoring or for identifying lost wetlands and those where restoration is feasible. In this article, we present an updated inventory of the saline wetlands of Southern Monegros, Spain. We depicted the evolution of these saline wetlands, locally named saladas with a unique long-term retrospective study based on aerial photographs from 1927. Their inventory has been accomplished through a map analysis based on a geographical information system using aerial photographs and orthophotographs, topographic maps, unpublished local studies and field surveys. Remaining vegetation, changes in soil moisture and colour, and geomorphology have been the key features in identifying the saladas. Their changes in number, size and shape have been driven by human pressure, the main modifier of landscape in the last 80 years. The information gathered will contribute to the awareness of stakeholders and decision makers for their conservation as natural resources. Moreover, our large retrospective approach is a consistent base from which to propose the inclusion of the saladas of Monegros in the Ramsar list of Wetlands of International Importance.
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