Influence of Acacia plantations on soil water balance, vegetation cover and ecosystem services in semi-arid Tunisia

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Members
Keywords
agriculture systems
climate
environment
soil
water ecology
water technology
Institutions
Institut des RĂ©gions Arides IRA (Tunesia)
Research fields
Agriculture and Food Sciences

Objective:

Scattered trees play an important role in reducing the negative effects of soil aridity and climate. In an Acacia plantation in National Park Bou-Hedma (pre-Saharan Tunisia), we study the effect of this plantation on the near-surface soil water balance, and on how the water budget influences vegetation cover and water-related ecosystem services.