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Beyond desertification: new paradigms for dryland landscapes (Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment)

Drought, climate change, and ecosystem services come together in this Special Issue, which describes changing perspectives on desertification and the dynamics of drylands. Both domestically and internationally, there has been a collision of pressures, including access to clean water, sustainable intensification of agriculture to feed a world population of 9 billion people by the year 2050, conservation of biodiversity, and land-use conversion.

Climate-change science predicts an increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, but our present-day understanding of ecosystems is largely based on previous research, which is not always sufficient for ensuring accurate predictions under changing conditions.

There is therefore a need to re-examine and refine our perspectives as our understanding improves.