Synthetic soil crusts against green-desert transitions: a spatial model

Josep Sardanyés, Blai Vidiella & Ricard Solé
Semiarid ecosystems are threatened by global warming due to longer dehydration times and increasing soil degradation. Mounting evidences indicate that, given the current trends, drylands are likely to expand and possibly experience catastrophic shifts from vegetated to desert states. Here we explore a recent suggestion based on the concept of ecosystem terraformation, where a synthetic organism is used to counterbalance some of the nonlinear effects causing the presence of such tipping points. Using an explicit...

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  • 2020

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  • Centre de Recerca Matemàtica
  • Pompeu Fabra University