Hassane Moutahir

Hassane Moutahir
University of Alicante | UA · Ecology

PhD
Postdoc at CEAM (Valencia, Spain) and IMK-IFU-KIT (Germany)

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November 2013 - present
University of Alicante
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  • Predoctoral researcher

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Publications (68)
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Acer monspessulanum (Montpellier Maple) is an important deciduous tree species native to the Mediterranean region. It is largely distributed in the southern part of western Europe; however, it is geographically less present in north Africa and western Asia. The effects of the most significant environmental variables for its habitat suitability, and...
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The Mediterranean basin is strongly affected by global warming leading to important changes in the hydrological cycle and ecosystems. Mean precipitation decrease in the western Mediterranean reduces water availability in the region yielding, together with air temperature increase, loss of forests and desertification. Besides, extreme conditions lin...
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During the last decades, the rural collapse produced important land transformation in the Mediterranean coastal areas of SE Spain. The intensive migration movement towards the coasts increased the land abandonment in the inland areas and the urban growth in the coastal areas affecting considerably the forest expanses. According to some authors thes...
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Land use changes are the major anthropogenic alterations which are considered to have an important impact on the climate system. In semiarid regions such as the the Southeastern Spain where water is the major limiting factor for ecosystems functioning and human development, knowledge about future water availability is of high importance above all i...
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Drought-related tree mortality is a global phenomenon that currently affects a wide range of forests. Key functional variables on plant hydraulics, carbon economy, growth and allocation have been identified and play a role in tree drought responses. However, tree mortality thresholds based on such variables are difficult to identify, especially und...
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The Mediterranean region is one of the most vulnerable regions to climate change. The majority of climate models forecast a rise in temperatures and less rainfall, which have been observed in recent decades. These changes will affect several vegetation properties, especially phenological dynamics and traits, by increasing drought intensity and recu...
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Water scarcity is the main limiting factor for Mediterranean pine forests and its availability conditions both forest functionality and ecosystem services. In a global change context, the predicted increments in aridity in these areas render the need for in-depth ecohydrological knowledge. In this chapter, we review the main functional characterist...
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Climate changes reflect an increase in temperature and a decrease in annual rainfall, with high variability between regions, which will generate hotter, drier environments. Under these conditions, it is projected that forest ecosystems will be severely affected, and recent studies have accumulated evidence for drought-induced tree mortality, especi...
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In the climate change context, the severity and duration of drought periods are expected to increase. Forests are known to be extremely sensitive to climate change, especially in the Mediterranean Basin, and particularly in Tunisia, where climate is characterized by dry hot summers which will intensify and prolong due to climate change effects. A b...
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La méditerranée est l’une des régions les plus vulnérables au changement climatique (hot-spot). La plupart des modèles climatiques prévoient, dans cette région, une augmentation de la température et une diminution des précipitations. Ces changements affecteront plusieurs propriétés de la végétation, en particulier le cycle phénologique. Dans ce con...
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Research Highlights: Seedlings of different Quercus suber L. populations and half-sib families differ in their response to multiple stressors, which may have consequences on the future distribution of this Mediterranean species. Background and Objectives: Global change will likely increase the frequency and severity of drought in drylands. Plant sp...
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Groundwater is the major water source in arid and semi-arid regions and its availability under future climatic scenarios is uncertain. In this context, the knowledge of the likely changes in aquifer recharge is very important for sustainable management of groundwater resources in these environments. This work assesses the effect of future potential...
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This work was presented in the SUDENA Workshop in cooperation between The University of Carthage, Tunisia and The University of Koblenz · Landau, Germany.
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Climate changes reflect increases in temperature and decrease in annual rainfall, with high variability between regions, which will generate hotter drier environments. Under these conditions, it is projected that forest ecosystems will be severely affected, and recent studies have accumulated evidence for drought-induced tree mortality, especially...
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In recent years, a big concern has arisen over large-scale climate-induced reductions on forest growth and survival (Allen et al., 2015), and their impact on the water cycle (Mekonnen & Hoekstra, 2011). Specifically, the higher drought frequency under warmer temperatures (known as "hotter-droughts" or "global change-type droughts") has been related...
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In semiarid areas, water is a crucial and limited resource and its management is a challenge. Hydrological models allow the estimation of water balance under different land cover and climate scenarios which can help improve the management of water resources. In this study, we used the “DISRUM” model (a Distributed Eco Hydrological Model) to estimat...
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Land Surface Phenology (LSP) metrics are increasingly being used as indicators of climate change impacts in ecosystems. For this purpose, it is necessary to use methods that can be applied to large areas with different types of vegetation, including vulnerable semiarid ecosystems that exhibit high spatial variability and low signal-to-noise ratio i...
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Las aguas del acuífero de la sierra de las Águilas han sido empleadas históricamente para abastecimiento. Así, localidades como Alicante o Elche recibieron sus aguas en tiempos pasados, y la primera aún se beneficia de ellas. La fuerte presión a la que se vio sometido, durante casi dos décadas a lo largo del siglo XX, le llevó a una situación de so...
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Actual evapotranspiration (eta) is a key parameter to understand the soil-water balance in wild-vegetation ecosystems. Estimating the eta is, therefore, becoming increasingly important for sustainable water and land use management, particularly in water-limited areas. This study analyses the temporal-spatial variability of eta in pine forests in a...
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Mediterranean area is one of the most vulnerable regions to climate change. Most of the climate models forecast an increase in temperatures and a decrease of rainfalls, as just has been observed in the last decades in this region. These changes will affect several vegetation properties, specifically the phenological dynamic and traits, by increasin...
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In semiarid areas, water is a crucial and limited resource and its management is a challenge. Hydrological models allow the estimation of water balance under different land cover and climate scenarios which can help improving the management of water resources. In this study we used “DISRUM “model (a distributed Eco Hydrological model) to estimate t...
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En las zonas áridas y semiáridas, el agua es un recurso fundamental y limitado y su gestión es un reto para asegurar el desarrollo de las sociedades humanas. La vegetación puede influir en el agua en términos cuantitativos. Determina la magnitud de la interceptación y la evapotranspiración, lo que resulta en la proporción agua verde/agua azul. Los...
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In semiarid areas, water is a crucial and limited resource and its management is a challenge. Hydrological models allow the estimation of water balance under different land cover and climate scenarios which can help improve the management of water resources. In this study, we used the “DISRUM” model (a Distributed Eco Hydrological Model) to estimat...
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Forests provide many environmental services, especially those related to the water cycle. In semiarid areas where water is a limiting factor for ecosystem functioning, forested areas can have a strong impact on ground water recharge. In these areas, proper knowledge of forests’ water balance is necessary to promote management practices that may ens...
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Groundwater plays a relevant role in the SE of Spain that of which it has been considered as a strategic resource. Its exploitation during the last decades has generated problems of overexploitation and a series of hydrological, environmental and socioeconomic consequences. Over the time, some aquifers have reached new equilibrium situations, Never...
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In the context of climate change this work aims to analyze the vegetation response to precipitations using the normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) and land surface phenology (LSP) metrics in the Font Roja Natural Parc (FR) over the 2000-2017 period. The results show a positive trend on mean annual NDVI values over the study period; howeve...
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En el mediterráneo donde el agua es un recurso escaso, resulta especialmente importante conocer la relación del crecimiento de las masas forestales con variables hidrológicas. El objetivo del estudio es evaluar como la dinámica temporal de la humedad en el suelo determina el crecimiento de pinares de Pinus halepensis y analizar los posibles cambios...
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Se presenta un diagnóstico de la fragmentación de hábitats del municipio de Alcoy, basado en los principios de la Ecología del Paisaje, con el fin de que los resultados sean aplicables en la planificación territorial de la infraestructura verde y de la red ecológica de Alcoi, y en la conservación de la biodiversidad de este municipio de la provinci...
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Land surface phenology (LSP) is described as the seasonal pattern of variation in vegetated land surfaces observed from remote sensing. Vegetation phenology derived from remotely sensed multi-temporal satellite imagery can be used as a bio-indicator for climate change thanks to the strong relationship between phenology and Climate. In previous work...
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The frequency and magnitude of climate extremes are expected to increase in the future according to climate change forecasts.Forest mortality is, among others, a consequence of extreme drought events caused by of the increase of temperature and the decrease of precipitation. In the last years, forest mortality induced by events of extreme drought w...
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Predictions of climate change have a high interest in semiarid regions like the province of Alicante (SE Spain). It is expected that the decrease of precipitation and the increase of air temperature according to climate change forecasts, could impact on the recharge to aquifers. In this context, the aim of this study was explore the possible impact...
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In Mediterranean areas with limited availability of water, an accurate knowledge of growth response to hydrological variables could contribute to improving management and stability of forest resources. The main goal of this study is to assess the temporal dynamic of soil moisture to better understand the water-growth relationship of Pinus halepensi...
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Groundwater resources are typically the main fresh water source in arid and semi-arid regions. Natural recharge of aquifers is mainly based on precipitation; however, only heavy precipitation events (HPEs) are expected to produce appreciable aquifer recharge in these environments. In this work we used daily precipitation and monthly water level tim...
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Predictions of climate change have a high interest in semiarid regions like the province of Alicante (SE Spain). It is expected that the decrease of precipitation and the increase of air temperature according to climate change forecasts, could impact on the recharge to aquifers. In this context, the aim of this study was explore the possible impact...
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The present work aims to assess the likely effects of climate change on the length of growing period (LGP) of crops in Marina Baixa (SE, Spain). LGP can be assessed by a balance between preci- pitation and reference evapotranspiration. Less rainfall and an increased evapotranspiration, forecast by Global Climate Models (GCMs), are considered as a h...
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Water is a limited resource in the semiarid areas, which affects both, the population services (blue water), and the natural ecosystems stability (green water). In this context, an accurate knowledge of soil water balance and role of vegetation cover contribute to improve the management of water and forest resources. These studies are increasingly...
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El agua es un recurso limitado en las zonas semiáridas, que afecta a los servicios a la población y a la estabilidad de los ecosistemas, especialmente en la cuenca Mediterránea dada la escasez hídrica que se prevé según el IPCC. En este contexto, un conocimiento del balance hídrico en el suelo y su relación con la cubierta vegetal contribuye a mejo...
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Climate change forecasts in a semiarid region are of much interest to academics, managers and governments. A significant decrease in annual precipitation and an increase in mean annual air temperature are expected; consequently, changes in the soil water balance and groundwater recharge to aquifers are expected as a response to climate change forec...
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En la zona del Mediterráneo el análisis de los extremos climáticos es muy importante para entender el comportamiento del clima sobre todo en un contexto de cambio climático. El conocimiento de este comportamiento es crucial para el diseño de políticas de adaptación a los potenciales cambios de clima en el futuro. En este trabajo se analizan las ten...
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This paper is focused on the gvSIG Project, but also includes the description and characteristics of the business model created around the project through the gvSIG Association. The main part of the gvSIG Project is its Community, and thus its description is included on this work. gvSIG1 is a Geographic Information System (GIS), that is, a family o...
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Predictions of climate change have a high interest in semiarid regions like the province of Alicante (SE Spain). It is expected that the decrease of precipitation and the increase of air temperature according to climate change forecasts, could impact on the recharge to aquifers. In this context, the aim of this study was explore the possible impact...
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The Mediterranean is one of the most sensitive regions to global change, particularly climate change. Advances in synoptic monitoring and evaluation can help decision makers project trends and prevent or reduce negative effects on regional ecosystems. In particular, vegetation phenology derived from remotely sensed multi-temporal satellite imagery...
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The phenological characteristics of the vegetation are key elements for understanding vegetation responses in different climate change scenarios, as well as indicators of ongoing processes of increasing aridity. Determination of phenological parameters for different types of vegetation in large areas help evaluate current and future impacts of clim...
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The Valencian Community is one of the Spanish regions most affected by wildfires, with an average of 520 wildfires per year over the last two decades.Due to their associated threats to the environment, houses and people, modeling of wildfire occurrence probability is very important as a prevention tool. Information on the spatial distribution of fi...
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Abstract Estimating groundwater recharge is essential to ensure the sustainable use of groundwater resources, particularly in arid and semi-arid regions. Soil water balances have been frequently advocated as valuable tools to estimate groundwater recharge. This article compares the performance of three soil water balance models (Hydrobal, Visual Ba...
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Mediterranean aquifers are frequently subject to the joint effect of intensive exploitation and low recharge values. Besides, groundwater is the only available water resource in many Mediterranean regions. Groundwater recharge studies are therefore necessary to underpin water management practices. This manuscript presents a methodology to estimate...
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Bujaraloz, La Almolda and Sástago are three municipalities of "Los Monegros" region located southeast of Zaragoza province, Spain. This region with arid conditions is characterized by the presence of "Los Monegros Steppe ", an area of important ecological and biological interest due to the presence of endorheic saline lagoons with over 150 endemic...
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. This work gives a technical description of Agroclim-Map which is a GIS application for agroclimatic systems analysis. Agroclim-Map is software which allows the computation of various agroclimatic models and indexes. The outputs of these models are used as inputs for post processing methods (statistic and geostatistic processing). The final produc...
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Les scenarios du changement climatique, pour la zone méditerranéenne espagnole, prévoient une réduction des précipitations et une augmentation des températures pour la période 2011-2099. Cela implique un effet négatif sur le bilan hydrique puisque les entrées d’eau se verront réduites pour la baisse des précipitations et les sorties se verront augm...
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The Valencian Community, located in the East of the Iberian Peninsula, is a region with high flora diversity, high endemism and where a number of species are classified as threatened species. Habitat loss and degradation, lack of protected areas, lack of a good management, human pressure and climate change processes are the major threats to plant d...
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de los cambios de uso del suelo en la cuenca del Vinalopó (Alicante, España) entre 1994 y 2007 a diferentes escalas. Raspeig s/n -03690 San Vicente del Raspeig – Alicante. RESUMEN En los últimos años la zona mediterránea ha sufrido grandes cambios socioeconómicos y ambientales que afectan a la sostenibilidad de los sistemas naturales y antrópicos....
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La Comunidad Valenciana, situada al Este de la Península Ibérica, cuenta con una diversidad muy alta de especies de flora, dentro de la cual existen muchas que actualmente se encuentran amenazadas y son endémicas de la CV. Especies cuyo hábitat natural o rango de distribución no se conoce aún y se encuentran sujetas a mayores niveles de riesgo para...
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El primer paso para poder planificar las medidas de adaptación adecuadas para afrontar las embestidas del cambio climático es la evaluación de los escenarios climáticos futuros, que a cincuenta o a cien años vista, se deben considerar para contar con una eficiente alerta en el tiempo y dar paso a las acciones y prevenciones que emanen de ese diagnó...
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The estimation of aquifer recharge is one of the aspects needed to quantify the availability of groundwater resources. This is especially important in arid and semiarid climate, with scarce surface water, and which economy is based on those resources. In the literature, there is a wide range of methodologies and tools used to improve the knowledge...
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In Peru, metallogenic provinces containing gold, silver, copper, zinc, lead, and nickel deposits have led to an intensive mine exploitation of polimetallic ores along Cordillera de los Andes. As a consequence, mine residual water flows are generated. Those mine water flows are characterized by containing big volumes of aqueous mine wastes, metal an...
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The estimation of aquifer recharge is one of the aspects needed to quantify the availability of groundwater resources. This is especially important in arid and semiarid climate, with scarce surface water, and which economy is based on those resources. In the literature, there is a wide range of methodologies and tools used to improve the knowledge...
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Dans les zones sahariennes, l´ensablement constitue un problème majeur menaçant la stabilité et la durabilité des systèmes socio-économiques et biologiques. Au sud du Maroc, l´avancée du sable provoque de grandes pertes économiques. Le sable envahit les villes, les infrastructures et les oasis qui sont les principales sources d´eau et de revenus, c...
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Le développement économique de la région d'Alicante, à l’instar de toute la côte méditerranéenne espagnole, se base sur l’expansion urbaine et l’intensification agricole. Ces deux activités provoquent de grands changements dans le territoire, dans plusieurs cas irréversibles. De plus ces deux activités requièrent de grandes quantités d´eau provoqua...
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En l'actualitat el problema global ambiental més important ho constituïx el canvi climàtic, el qual té implicacions negatives en el present, les que seran més devastadores en el futur si no s'aconseguix l'adaptació pertinent amb les condicions climàtiques esperades. Cal considerar que el clima té una influència notable sobre el desenrotllament dels...
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Forest fires in the Mediterranean zone cause major disturbances in landscape structure especially in the wooded stratum, since the recovery of the initial state of the natural vegetation is a complex and very slow process. This process, depending on many factors, passes through several stages leading to changes in the landscape structure through ti...

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The main goal of the Project is to evaluate the effect of Global Change (intense droughts and recurrent fires) on the functionality of plant communities and its consequences on water balance and aquifer recharge.
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Focus on research, education and training, dissemination of research results and support to the management of Font Roja Natural Park, Alicante, Spain