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Advancing dryland ecohydrology: factors and mechanisms determining catastrophic shifts

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Project "ECOHYDRY" data sheet

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Organization address
address: RUE MICHEL ANGE 3
city: PARIS
postcode: 75794

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 Coordinator Country France [FR]
 Project website
 Total cost 173˙076 €
 EC max contribution 173˙076 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-03-01   to  2018-02-28


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 Project objective

The already fragile delivery of dryland ecosystem services to over two billion people is increasingly threatened by global environmental change. Understanding of factors and mechanisms that govern dryland dynamics and their response to changing conditions and pressure is therefore of utmost importance. The scientific aim of this Action, ECOHYDRY, is to address the ecohydrological processes that determine the stability, resilience and restoration potential of dryland ecosystems. The societal aim is to improve dryland management to navigate the risks and opportunities associated with global change impacts on drylands worldwide. ECOHYDRY will extend the theory of ecosystem structure-function relationships by focusing on the so far less-explored hydrological functions. ECOHYDRY will also contribute to the research field of catastrophic ecosystem shifts by investigating critical factors and processes such as functional diversity, ecohydrological feedbacks, and interacting pressures of different nature that have yet to be addressed. Part of the innovation in the project lies in a methodological approach that formatively couples mathematical models and manipulative experiments of dryland ecosystem dynamics. ECOHYDRY also seeks to systematically translate and share the research achievements through a novel participatory approach that effectively engages stakeholders in the knowledge management process. The multidisciplinary perspective adopted, combining dryland ecology, hydrology, and social sciences, ultimately aims to provide useful and scientifically-sound information to adapt and increase the resilience of dryland ecosystems to global change impacts, including reliable early warning indicators. In this way, this proposal directly addresses the two cross-cutting priorities of sustainable development and climate action established by the H2020 Work Programme and will reinforce the already large European competitiveness in dryland research and management.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Susana Bautista, Joan Llovet, Anahí Ocampo-Melgar, Alberto Vilagrosa, Ángeles G. Mayor, Cristina Murias, V. Ramón Vallejo, Barron J. Orr
Integrating knowledge exchange and the assessment of dryland management alternatives – A learning-centered participatory approach
published pages: 35-45, ISSN: 0301-4797, DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2016.11.050
Journal of Environmental Management 195 2019-06-18
2018 AG Mayor, S Kefi, F Rodriguez and S Bautista
Connectivity-mediated ecohydrological feedbacks and catastrophic shifts in drylands
published pages: Vol. 20, EGU2018, ISSN: , DOI:
Geophysical Research Abstracts 2019-06-18
2018 S Bautista, AG Mayor and F Rodríguez
Disentangling the independent roles of plant cover and bare-soil connectivity in dryland functioning
published pages: Vol. 20, EGU2018, ISSN: , DOI:
Geophysical Research Abstracts 2019-06-18

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