Thematic Areas - Land Monitoring - Desertification - Sentinel Online
Desertification is the process by which land becomes increasingly dry, until the moisture in the land is depleted. This leads to the eventual absence of vegetation and the animals that thrive in such conditions.
Desertification has occurred a number of times in human history, and has been caused by both natural climate change and the changes affected on an area by human interaction.
17 October 2011
As the UN marked World Food Day earlier this week, international representatives convened in Korea to discuss ways to curb the loss of productive land to desertification. Satellites play an important role in the monitoring and assessment of drylands.