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.

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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.
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