Influence of a Climatic Gradient Upon Vegetation Dynamics Along a Mediterranean-Arid Transect Academic Article uri icon


  • Changes in plant cover, species richness and spe- cies diversity were recorded over a 2-year period along a climatic gradient running from a Mediterranean region (Judean Mountains) to the Dead Sea desert area. Changes along the climatic gradient were found not to be gradual. A narrow belt exists in which a drastic decline in all plant parameters occurs. This belt divides the research area into two main systems- the Mediterranean and the arid. The belt shifts eastwards and westwards depending on rainfall. The shifting range is limited to the area between the xeric Mediterranean and the arid regions.

publication date

  • January 1, 1995