Presents the analysis of climatological data from 500 BC to the present day. It discusses climate variability and its interaction with the biosphere in the Mediterranean area. Specific emphasis is given to variable water cycle which makes the book a prerequisite for all those concerned with the problem of desertification as well as the validation of climate models.
Introduction; Characteristics of the Mediterranean Environment; Past Climates and Vegetation in the Mediterranean Basin; The Complexity of the Mediterranean system; Contribution to the global carbon budged and Atmospheric Contamination; Water Resources and Vegetation; Indicators and Information Requirements for Combatting Desertification; Climate Changes in the Mediterranean Region - Physical Aspects and Effects on Agriculture; Development of Priority Climate Indices for Africa; Understanding the Relationship between Present and Future Climates.
From the reviews:
"An overview of the large-scale aspects of the climate in Mediterranean is presented a ] . The book is written, structured and produced well, with good, clear tables, maps and graphs and a detailed reference list. It is a useful source book for the Mediterranean climate studies and is recommended for such studies." (Pavlos Kassomenos, International Journal of Climatology, Vol. 26 (7), 2006)
"It is well-known that the Mediterranean climate is influenced by the subtropical high pressure zone in summer (pronounced dryness), and the mid-latitude westerlies in winter (rainy season). a ] is useful for all scientists and students interested in the characteristics and variability of Mediterranean climate and its impacts. The range of interdisciplinary coverage is remarkable, the quality of text and figure reproduction is good quality a ] ." (C. a "D. SchAnwiese, Meteorologische Zeitschrift, Vol. 12 (5), 2003)