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Schultz, C. 2006. Remote sensing the distribution and spatiotemporal changes of major lichen communities in the Central Namib Desert. PhD These, Universität Kaiserslautern


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Remote sensing the distribution and spatiotemporal changes of major lichen communities in the Central Namib Desert.

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Biological Soil Crusts (BSCs), composed of lichens, mosses, green algae, microfungi and cyanobacteria are an ecological important part of the perennial landcover of many arid and semiarid regions (Belnap et al. 2001a), (Büdel 2002). In many arid and hyperarid areas BSCsrnform the only perennial "vegetation cover" largely due to their extensive resistance to drought (Lange et al. 1975). For the Central Namib Desert (Namibia), BSCs consisting of extraordinary vast lichen communities were recently mapped and classified into six morphological classes for a coastal area of 350 km x 60 km. Embedded into the project "BIOTA" financed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research the study was undertaken in the framework of the PhD thesis by Christoph Schultz.

Year: 2006

Type: Thesis

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