This book offers an overview of recent literature on land degradation and its interrelationship with socio-economic development processes in the developing world. It provides an in-depth analysis of land degradation as a physical process, with an emphasis on the local and regional scales. The volume contains a detailed case-study of ravine formation processes in the Chambal valley, a unique but least studied part of the world. Using multi-scale and multi-disciplinary approaches, and combining spatial socio-economic data with remote sensing data, this book provides an in-depth analysis of the causes and implications of land degradation.
Dr. Padmini Pani is an Associate Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India, where she works at the Centre for the Study of Regional Development, at the School of Social Sciences.
She has a Master's Degree in Geography and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Remote Sensing and GIS. Other specialities include Geomorphology, Land Degradation, River Systems, Climate Change, Mountain Ecosystems, Environment and Development. She was visiting fellow at Lancaster University, University of Southampton, and University of British Columbia, Canada. Dr Pani was a DAAD fellow at the Institute of Physical Geography of the Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, where she worked on land degradation.
Dr. Padmini Pani has over a decade in teaching and research experience and published numerous articles.
PrefaceAcknowledgementsList of TablesList of FiguresList of PlatesChapter 1 IntroductionChapter 2 Land Degradation in Chambal Valley: Spatial and Temporal DimensionsChapter 3 Socio-Economic Scenario in a Badlands RegionChapter 4 Land degradation and Socio-Economic Development: LinkagesChapter 5 Land Degradation and Rural Development: A Field-based AnalysisChapter 6 ConclusionIndex