Farming Action: Catchment Reaction
The Effect of Dryland Farming on the Natural EnvironmentEdited by:
Provides a comprehensive technical overview of the relationships between dryland farming systems and catchment land and water quality in Australia.
Dryland farming is a major export earner for many temperate-zone countries, yet it continues to degrade a country's natural resources. Effects are not restricted to the land - changes in water quality can reduce the potential uses of water and bring about catastrophic changes in both freshwater and coastal ecosystems. + Full description
Farming Action: Catchment Reaction provides a comprehensive technical overview of the relationships between dryland farming systems and catchment land and water quality in Australia, and integrates it in a whole system framework. It deals with the issues in terms of people, pointers, processes and prediction as it discusses social aspects of developing and implementing research to improve dryland farming systems in catchment management programs, indicators of catchment health, and the processes which determine the impact of the farming action on the catchment response. It concludes by considering the adequacy of our ability to use this process knowledge in models to predict the effect of dryland farming on catchment condition.- Short description
No longer available in a print edition.
DetailsePDF | January 1998
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
- Examines problems from a variety of perspectives - those of farmers, consultants and scientists
- Provides a comprehensive overview of modelling theory
- Provides indicators enabling both professionals and communities to measure the impact of dryland farming
- Brings together the latest international results
- Applicable to all countries using dryland farming techniques.
- Introduction: perspectives on the problem
- People: client needs and user involvement - a summary
- Integrated catchment management - where is it at?
- Dryland farming systems for catchment care: natural resource accounting
- Dryland farming and catchment care: regional policy in a mathematical programming framework
- Technical issues in understanding processes (researching) across scale
- Community participation in CSIRO's Dryland Farming Systems program
- Managing institutional collaboration in catchment systems research
- Evaluation of science-based research and development: a review in the context of integrated catchment management
- Strategies for achieving adoption of new technology or alternative management practices
- Market research
- Environmental indicators of catchment and farm health
- Landscape and function - the fundamental causes of land and water degradation
- Dryland farming regions and systems of Australia
- Land degradation processes and water quality effects: decline in soil structure
- Land degradation processes and water quality effects: soil acidification
- Land degradation processes and water quality effects: waterlogging and salinisation
- Land degradation processes and water quality effects: organic matter, soil and nutrient loss, and chemical residues
- Dryland farming, erosion and stream sediments - the problem of catchment scale
- The relationship between remnant vegetation and other land resources in dryland agricultural systems