Human-Derived Environmental Consequences for Three Sedimentary Systems of The Canary Islands (Spain) – a Study of Changes and Impactsa Synthesis

  1. Aarón M. Santana Cordero 1
  1. 1 Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

    Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

    Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, España


Cuadernos de investigación geográfica: Geographical Research Letters

ISSN: 0211-6820 1697-9540

Year of publication: 2021

Volume: 47

Issue: 2

Pages: 435-455

Type: Article

DOI: 10.18172/CIG.4932 DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openOpen access editor

More publications in: Cuadernos de investigación geográfica: Geographical Research Letters


This paper explores the relationship in three sedimentary systems of the Canary Islands (Spain) between four major land change processes (resource extraction, urbanization, tourism and nature protection) and six main environmental consequences (impacts on aeolian sedimentary dynamics, changes in sand landforms, disappearance of sand landforms and entire systems, changes in vegetation, impacts on the socioeconomic system, and changes in land use patterns). The results show that all the environmental consequences have impacted all three study sites, except in one of them (La Graciosa island) in producing disappearance of sand landforms and entire systems. It should be noted that the environmental consequences described concerns different scales (from entire systems to landforms). All the impacts are described and analyzed separately, and the results are discussed in detail and in relation to the presence of these environmental consequences in other parts of the world.

Funding information

Aarón M. Santana Cordero is researcher of the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria postdoctoral programme. The author would like to thank Dr. Antonio I. Hernández-Cordero, Dr. Carolina Peña-Alonso and Dr. Luis Hernández-Calvento for revising the results of the manuscript and for the material provided. This paper is a contribution of the Spanish National Plan for R+D+i (innovation) project CSO2016-79673-R, co-financed with ERDF funds.


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