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Impact of Climate Change on the Argan Biosphere Reserve (ABR) in Morocco

Version 1 : Received: 20 May 2021 / Approved: 24 May 2021 / Online: 24 May 2021 (07:44:25 CEST)

How to cite: El Ghazali, H.; Harrouni, C.; Daoud, S.; Benoada Tlemçani, N. Impact of Climate Change on the Argan Biosphere Reserve (ABR) in Morocco. Preprints 2021, 2021050536 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202105.0536.v1). El Ghazali, H.; Harrouni, C.; Daoud, S.; Benoada Tlemçani, N. Impact of Climate Change on the Argan Biosphere Reserve (ABR) in Morocco. Preprints 2021, 2021050536 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202105.0536.v1).

Abstract

This paper explores the effect of climate change on the regression of the Argan tree (Argania spinosa L. Skeels) woodland, focusing on the Argan Biosphere Reserve and especially in the Souss plain (Western Morocco). Rainfall and temperature data of four sites within the Argan Biosphere Reserve were analyzed over the last 60 years to assess any climatic change. Regression curves applied to the dataset showed an important decrease in rainfall (18 to 26 %) in the four locations as well as an increase in temperature (1 to 2 °C). These changes may have a detrimental effect on the Argan woodland although human factors have been reported to be the main factor of its regression. It can therefore be concluded that the reduction in rainfall and the increase in temperature should now be considered as factors of Argan woodland regression.

Subject Areas

Argan biosphere reserve; Climate change; Rainfall; Temperature; Woodland regression

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