Journal Highlights

Future Looks Drier as Drylands Continue to Expand

Editors' Vox—

Drylands currently constitute about 41 per cent of the Earth’s land surface and are home to more than 38 per cent of the world’s population. Drylands are particularly vulnerable to environmental change. In fact, the areas categorized as dryland have been increasing over recent decades, with further expansion set to continue under the influence of climate change. This will have knock-on effects on communities in regions on almost every continent, their crops and livestock, health and livelihoods. A recent review article in Reviews of Geophysics described recent progress in dryland climate change research. The journal’s editors asked two of the authors some questions about how and why dryland areas are changing, and asked them to give an overview of scientific research in this field.

Article Category
Review Articles

Dryland climate change: Recent progress and challenges

J. Huang, Y. Li, C. Fu, F. Chen, Q. Fu, A. Dai, M. Shinoda, Z. Ma, W. Guo, Z. Li, L. Zhang, Y. Liu, H. Yu, Y. He, Y. Xie, X. Guan, M. Ji, L. Lin, S. Wang, H. Yan, G. Wang
First Published:
| Vol:
55,
Pages
719–778
| DOI:
10.1002/2016RG000550