Articles | Volume 19, issue 5
Biogeosciences, 19, 1515–1525, 2022
Biogeosciences, 19, 1515–1525, 2022

Research article 17 Mar 2022

Research article | 17 Mar 2022

Land Management Contributes significantly to observed Vegetation Browning in Syria during 2001–2018

Tiexi Chen et al.

Data sets

MCD12C1 MODIS/Terra+Aqua Land Cover Type Yearly L3 Global 0.05Deg CMG Mark Friedl and Damien Sulla-Menashe

MOD13C2 MODIS/Terra Vegetation Indices Monthly L3 Global 0.05Deg CMG Kamel Didan

CRU TS4.03: Climatic Research Unit (CRU) Time-Series (TS) version 4.03 of high-resolution gridded data of month-by-month variation in climate (Jan. 1901- Dec. 2018) I. C. Harris and P. D. Jones

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) FAO

Short summary
Currently people are very concerned about vegetation changes and their driving factors, including natural and anthropogenic drivers. In this study, a general browning trend is found in Syria during 2001–2018, indicated by the vegetation index. We found that land management caused by social unrest is the main cause of this browning phenomenon. The mechanism initially reported here highlights the importance of land management impacts at the regional scale.
Final-revised paper