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CASCADE publications

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Open access

  • Alexakis, D.D., Mexis, F.-D.K., Vozinaki, A.-E.K., Daliakopoulos, I.N., Tsanis, I.K. 2017. Soil Moisture Content Estimation Based on Sentinel-1 and Auxiliary Earth Observation Products. A Hydrological Approach. Sensors 17:1455. https://doi.org/10.3390/s17061455
  • Apostolakis A., Wagner, K., Daliakopoulos I.N., Kourgialas, N.N., Tsanis, I.K. 2016. Greenhouse Soil Moisture Deficit under Saline Irrigation and Climate Change. Procedia Engineering, 162:537-544. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877705816334075
  • Baudena, M., Santana, V.M., Baeza, M.J., Bautista, S., Eppinga, M.B., Hemerik, L., Garcia Mayor, A., Rodriguez, F., Valdecantos, A., Vallejo, V.R., Vasques, A. and Rietkerk, M. (2020), Increased aridity drives post‐fire recovery of Mediterranean forests towards open shrublands. New Phytologist, 225: 1500-1515. https://doi.org/10.1111/nph.16252
  • Berdugo, M, Maestre, FT, Kéfi, S, Gross, N, Le Bagousse‐Pinguet, Y, Soliveres, S. Aridity preferences alter the relative importance of abiotic and biotic drivers on plant species abundance in global drylands. Journal of Ecology 2019; 107: 190202. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2745.13006
  • Díaz‐Sierra, R., Verwijmeren, M., Rietkerk, M., de Dios, V.R. and Baudena, M. (2017), A new family of standardized and symmetric indices for measuring the intensity and importance of plant neighbour effects. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 8: 580-591. https://doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.12706
  • van den Elsen E., Stringer L.C., De Ita C., Hessel R., Kéfi S., Schneider F.D., Bautista S., Mayor Á.G., Baudena M., Rietkerk M., Valdecantos A., Vallejo V.R., Geeson N., Brandt C.J., Fleskens L., Hemerik L., Panagos P., Valente S., Keizer J.J., Schwilch G., Jucker Riva M., Sietz D., Christoforou M., Hadjimitsis D.G., Papoutsa C., Quaranta G., Salvia R., Tsanis I.K., Daliakopoulos I., Claringbould H., de Ruiter P.C. 2020. Advances in Understanding and Managing Catastrophic Ecosystem Shifts in Mediterranean Ecosystems. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 8:323 https://www.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fevo.2020.561101
  • Génin, A, Majumder, S, Sankaran, S, et al. 2018. Monitoring ecosystem degradation using spatial data and the R package spatialwarnings. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 9: 20672075. https://doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.13058
  • Jucker Riva, M., Baeza, J., Bautista, S., Christoforou, M., Daliakopoulos, I. N., Hadjimitsis, D., Keizer J.J., Liniger H.P., Quaranta G., Ribeiro C., Salvia R., Tsanis I.K., Urgeghe A.M. Valdecantos A., Schwilch, G. 2018. How does land management contribute to the resilience of Mediterranean forests and rangelands? A participatory assessment. Land Degradation and Development, 29(10):3721–3735 https://doi.org/10.1002/ldr.3104
  • Jucker M, Liniger HP, Valdecantos A, Schwilch G. 2016. Impacts of land management on the resilience of Mediterranean dry forests to fire. Sustainability, 8:981 https://doi.org/10.3390/su8100981
  • Kéfi S, Guttal V, Brock WA, Carpenter SR, Ellison AM, et al. 2014. Early Warning Signals of Ecological Transitions: Methods for Spatial Patterns. PLOS ONE 9(3): e92097. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0092097
  • Kéfi, S., Holmgren, M. and Scheffer, M. 2016. When can positive interactions cause alternative stable states in ecosystems? Functional Ecology 30: 88-97. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2435.12601
  • Maestre F.T., Eldridge D.J., Soliveres S., Kéfi S., Delgado-Baquerizo M., Bowker M.A., García-Palacios P., Gaitán J., Gallardo A., Lázaro R., Berdugo. M. 2016. Structure and Functioning of Dryland Ecosystems in a Changing World Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 47:1, 215-237 http://www.annualreviews.org/doi/full/10.1146/annurev-ecolsys-121415-032311
  • Mayor, Á.G., Kéfi, S., Bautista, S. et al. 2013. Feedbacks between vegetation pattern and resource loss dramatically decrease ecosystem resilience and restoration potential in a simple dryland model. Landscape Ecology, 28:931–942 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10980-013-9870-4
  • Panagos, P., Yigini, Y., Boni, M. 2016. CASCADE database and web services. Technical report by the Joint Research Centre. Publications Office of the EU. 38 pp. https://op.europa.eu/s/oK7g
  • Quaranta, G., Salvia, R., Salvati, L., De Paola, V., Coluzzi, R., Imbrenda, V., Simoniello, T. 2020. Long‐term impacts of grazing management on land degradation in a rural community of Southern Italy: Depopulation matters. Land Degradation & Development; 31: 23792394. https://doi.org/10.1002/ldr.3583
  • Schneider, F.D., Kéfi, S. 2016. Spatially heterogeneous pressure raises risk of catastrophic shifts. Theoretical Ecology 9:207–217 https://doi.org/10.1007/s12080-015-0289-1
  • Sietz, D., Fleskens, L., and Stringer, L. C. 2017. Learning from Non‐Linear Ecosystem Dynamics Is Vital for Achieving Land Degradation Neutrality. Land Degradation & Development, 28:23082314. doi: 10.1002/ldr.2732.
  • Siteur K., Siero E., Eppinga M.B., Rademacher J.D.M., Doelman A., Rietkerk M. 2014. Beyond Turing: The response of patterned ecosystems to environmental change. Ecological Complexity. 20:81–96. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecocom.2014.09.002
  • Siteur, K., Eppinga, M. B., Karssenberg, D., Baudena, M., Bierkens, M. F. P., and Rietkerk, M. 2014. How will increases in rainfall intensity affect semiarid ecosystems? Water Resources Research 50:59806001 https://doi.org/10.1002/2013WR014955

Other publications

  • Bautista S., Llovet J., Ocampo-Melgar A., Vilagrosa A., Mayor A.G., Murias C., Vallejo V.R., Orr B.J. 2017. Integrating knowledge exchange and the assessment of dryland management alternatives – A learning-centered participatory approach. Journal of Environmental Management, 195:35-45 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2016.11.050
  • Berdugo, M., Kéfi, S., Soliveres, S. et al. 2017. Plant spatial patterns identify alternative ecosystem multifunctionality states in global drylands. Nature Ecology and Evolution 1:0003. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-016-0003
  • Boeschoten M. J. C. 2013. The impact of land degradation on two contrasting dryland ecosystems and the ecosystem services they provide and their potentials for restoration. Thesis. University of Utrecht.
  • Jucker Riva, M., Daliakopoulos, I. N., Eckert, S., Hodel, E., & Liniger, H. 2017. Assessment of land degradation in Mediterranean forests and grazing lands using a landscape unit approach and the normalized difference vegetation index. Applied Geography, 86:8–21. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeog.2017.06.017
  • Mayor, Á.G. and Bautista, S. 2012. Multi-scale evaluation of soil functional indicators for the assessment of water and soil retention in Mediterranean semiarid landscapes. Ecological Indicators, 20:332-336 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2012.03.003
  • Mayor Á.G., Goirán S.B., Vallejo V.R., Bautista S. 2016. Variation in soil enzyme activity as a function of vegetation amount, type, and spatial structure in fire-prone Mediterranean shrublands. Science of the Total Environment, 573:1209-1216. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.03.139
  • Mayor, Á.G., Valdecantos A., Vallejo V.R., Keizer J.J., Bloem J., Baeza J., González-Pelayo O., Machado A.I., de Ruiter P.C. 2016. Fire-induced pine woodland to shrubland transitions in Southern Europe may promote shifts in soil fertility, Science of the Total Environment, 573: 1232-1241, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.03.243
  • Realpe-Gomez R., Baudena M., Galla T., McKane A.J., Rietkerk M. 2013. Demographic noise and resilience in a semi-arid ecosystem model, Ecological Complexity, 15:97-108 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecocom.2013.04.002
  • Tirabassi G.,Viebahn J., Dakos V., Dijkstra H.A., Masoller C., Rietkerk M., Dekker S.C. 2014. Interaction network based early-warning indicators of vegetation transitions. Ecological Complexity 19:148-157 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecocom.2014.06.004
  • Verwijmeren, M., Rietkerk, M., Bautista, S., Mayor, A.G., Wassen, M.J., Smit, C. 2014. Drought and grazing combined: contrasting shifts in plant interactions at species pair and community level, Journal of Arid Environments, 111:53-60,  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaridenv.2014.08.001
  • Verwijmeren M., Rietkerk M., Wassen M.J., Smit C. 2013. Interspecific facilitation and critical transitions in arid ecosystems. Oikos. 122:341–347. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-0706.2012.00111.x
  • Xu, C., Van Nes, E.H., Holmgren, M., Kéfi, S., Scheffer, M. 2015. Local facilitation may cause tipping points on a landscape level preceded by early-warning indicators. The American Naturalist 186(4) https://doi.org/10.1086/682674

Conference presentations

  • Daliakopoulos, I., Grillakis, M., Tsanis, I.K. (2015). Observed and Projected Aridity Trends in the CASCADE Project Mediterranean Drylands. EGU General Assembly EGU2015. https://doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.1.2531.6244.
  • Daliakopoulos, I.N., Panagea, I., Brocca, L., Elsen, E.v.d. Soil Water Balance and Vegetation Dynamics in a Semi-arid Mediterranean Ecosystem. Proceedings 2019, 30, 76. https://doi.org/10.3390/proceedings2019030076
  • Sietz, D., Fleskens, L. and Stringer, L. 2016. Knowledge on dynamic ecosystem regimes is vital to achieve land degradation neutrality. GLP Open Science Meeting, Beijing, China, 24-27 October 2016. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/313011443
    Sietz, D., Fleskens, L. and Stringer, L. 2016. Alternative ecosystem regimes as a guide to economically sustainable restoration. 10th European Conference on Ecological Restoration, Freising, 22-26 August 2016. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/313011254
  • Themistocleous, K., Agapiou, A., Papadavid, G., Christoforou, M., Hadjimitsis, D. G. 2015. The use of UAV to document sloping landscapes to produce digital elevation models to examine environmental degradation, Proc. SPIE 9644, Earth Resources and Environmental Remote Sensing/GIS Applications VI, 96440N (20 October 2015); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2195623

Accepted for publication (last updated March 2021)

  • Verwijmeren M., Baudena M., Wassen M.J., Diaz-Sierra R., Smit C., Rietkerk M. Intra-seasonal rainfall variability and herbivory affect the interaction outcome of two dryland plant species. Accepted for publication in Ecosphere.



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