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Southern African Landscapes and Environmental Change

1st Edition

Edited by Peter J. Holmes, John Boardman


308 pages | 85 Color Illus.

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This volume provides a textbook and reference work on the physical and biotic landscapes of Southern Africa. It examines the links between these environments and the ways in which they have been, are and will likely be subject to change. It covers the geomorphology, soils, vegetation and land use across a range of landscapes, including mountains, coasts, savannah, drylands and wetlands, and identifies the impacts of current and potential climate change and other factors on these environments.

The geographical focus is on the region defined by Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Swaziland. Illustrated throughout in full colour, the book will serve as a reference volume for researchers and environmental professionals internationally, as well as a textbook for senior undergraduate and graduate-level students of geography, ecology and environmental studies in Southern Africa.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Peter J. Holmes and John Boardman

2. The Geomorphic Evolution of Southern Africa during the Cenozoic

Jasper Knight and Stefan W. Grab

3. Southern African Soils and their Susceptibility to Degradation

Chris C. du Preez, Elmarie Kotzé and Cornie W. van Huyssteen

4. Southern African Rivers and Fresh Water Resources within the context of the Anthropocene

Anthony Turton

5. Southern African Biomes

Karen J. Esler and Emma Archer

6. Land Use, Land Cover and Vegetation Change in Southern Africa

M. Timm Hoffman

7. Fluvial System Response to Environmental Change

Kate M. Rowntree, Bennie W. van der Waal and Lindi B. Smith-Adao

8. Southern African drylands and their unique challenges

Jasper Knight and Peter J. Holmes

9. Southern African Montane Environments

Stefan W. Grab and Jasper Knight

10. Savanna Ecosystems of Southern Africa

Geoffrey Mukwada

11. Landscape Dynamics within the Southern African Coastal Zone

Andrew S. Carr and Alan M. Smith

12. Agriculture and a Changing Biophysical Environment

CW van Huyssteen, CC du Preez and Peter J. Holmes

13. Monitoring and Assessing Land Degradation: New Approaches

Ian D.L. Foster and John Boardman

14. Quaternary Environmental Change

Michael E. Meadows and Peter J. Holmes

15. Conclusion

Peter J. Holmes and John Boardman

About the Editors

Peter J. Holmes is a retired professor, and currently Research Fellow, in the Department of Geography, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa. His primary research interest is the geomorphology of semi-arid environments.

John Boardman is an Emeritus Professor in the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, UK, where he previously ran the Masters Programme. He is also a Research Fellow at the University of the Free State, South Africa.

About the Series

Earthscan Studies in Natural Resource Management

Earthscan Studies in Natural Resource Management
This series includes a wide range of inter-disciplinary approaches to natural resource management, integrating perspectives from both social and natural sciences. It includes textbooks, research monographs and titles aimed at professionals, NGOs and policy-makers. Authors or editors of potential new titles should contact Hannah Ferguson, Editor ([email protected]).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecology
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography