Almost a quarter of the earth's surface is about to become desert by the end of the century. "These abrupt changes occur in many human, natural and physical processes. In our field they had been predicted by several mathematical models, but there was a need to confirm it," adds Maestre, member of the MIES and co-author of the study, published in the journal Science.
Alicante, Murcia, Almeria and the Canary Islands face abrupt desertification. A Spanish investigation carried out at the MIES and the University of Alicante, published in the prestigious 'Science', warns that the drylands of the entire planet are exposed to a dramatic intensification of their dryness.