Desertification in the Third Millennium: Proceedings of an International Conference, Dubai, 12-15 February 2000

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  • Copyright: 2003-01-01
  • Publisher: CRC Press

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This wide-ranging selection of original papers covers many aspects of desertification including environmental and weather factors, land management policy, groundwater resources, understanding biodiversity in fragile ecosystems, technological approaches to the study and remedy of desertification.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. IX
Acknowledgementp. XI
Desertification and Global Climatic Change
Into the Third Millennium: The Role of Stakeholder Groups in Reducing Desertificationp. 3
The Impacts of Global Warming on the Geomorphology of Arid Landsp. 13
Desertification, Climate Change and the World's Drylandsp. 21
Stalagmite Annual Layer Thickness as a Proxy for Enso and Rainfall: Evidence from Drotsky's Cave, Botswanap. 27
Evidence of Rain Shadow in the Geologic Record: Repeated Evaporite Accumulation at Extensional and Compressional Plate Marginsp. 45
Optical Dating as a Tool for Studying Dune Reactivation, Accretion Rates and Desertification Over Decadal, Centennial and Millennial Time-Scalesp. 53
Studies of Local Climate Change in United Arab Emirates Using Satellite Datap. 61
The Impacts of Global Climatic Change on Reference Crop Evapotranspiration, Irrigation Water Demands, Soil Salinity, and Desertification in Arabian Peninsulap. 67
The Response of Dry-region Alluvial Fans to Quaternary Climatic Changep. 75
Changes in Microclimate Tracked by the Evolving Vegetation Cover of the Holocene Beach Ridges of the United Arab Emiratesp. 91
Late Quaternary Palaeoenvironmental Changes, Ardakan Kavir (Playa), Central Iranp. 99
Pleistocene Lakes in Central Sinai, Egyptp. 111
Hydrology and Climate Change (200 to 100 ka), Death Valley, California, USAp. 117
Chronostratigraphic Evidence for Episodes of Desertification since the Last Glacial Epoch in the Southern Margin of Thar Desert, Indiap. 123
Biodiversity, Mangroves and other Halophytes and their Conservation Ecosystems
Desert Forages of the Arabian Peninsula--The Conservation and Utilization of Biodiversity for Sustainable Animal Production in the United Arab Emiratesp. 131
Response of Meiofauna to Mangrove Degradation in a Dry Semi-Desert Coastal Habitat of the Red Sea (Sudan)p. 139
Biodiversity of Indian Saline Habitats and Management & Utilization of High Salinity Tolerant Plants with Industrial Application for Rehabilitation of Saline Areasp. 151
An Analysis of Biodiversity of the United Arab Emirates Flora Using Western's Florap. 173
Feeding Camels and Sheep Sporobolus Grass Grown in Saline Desert Lands in the United Arab Emiratesp. 183
Halophytes for Sustainable Biosaline Farming Systems in the Middle Eastp. 187
Biodiversity, Community Pattern and Status of Indian Mangrovesp. 205
Effects of Protection from Grazing on Species Diversity, Abundance and Productivity in Two Regions of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emiratesp. 217
Remote Sensing Study on Mangrove Depletion Tarut Bay, Saudi Arabiap. 227
The Effect of Wind and Water on Soil Erosion and Sand Creep
Late Holocene Sedimentation Processes Along the Arabian Gulf Coast in the Jubail Area, Saudi Arabiap. 237
Soil Fertility in Deserts: A Review on the Influence of Biological Soil Crusts and the Effect of Soil Surface Disturbance on Nutrient Inputs and Lossesp. 245
Aspects of the Role of Biogeochemical Processes in Soils in the Global Carbon Cyclep. 253
Relations Between Wind Data and Geomorphology in Aeolian Sand Geodynamicsp. 263
Dust Emission and Deposition in the Southwestern United States - Integrated Field, Remote Sensing, and Modeling Studies to Evaluate Response to Climatic Variability and Land Usep. 271
Recoverability of Severely Disturbed Soils and Vegetation in the Mojave Desert, California, USAp. 283
Wind Erosion and Dust Deposition in the Aral Sea Region: Possible Consequences of Unsustainable Human Activityp. 291
Barchan Dunes in Northern Kuwaitp. 299
Environmental Measures to Control Sand Movement in Kuwaitp. 309
Land Degradation and Management in Arid, Semi-Arid and Dry Sub-Humid Areas
Herero, German and Afrikaner in Arid and Semi-Arid Eastern Namibia: Comparative Technologies for Water Use and Conservationp. 317
Soil Salinity as a Degradation Process in Spain and Tunisiap. 327
Restoring Soil Fertility of Desertified Lands Through Biological Nitrogen Fixation in Sudanp. 335
Land Degradation and Desertification in Libyap. 339
Land Resource Stresses and Degradation in the Arid Environment of Kuwait: An Overviewp. 351
Management of Dry Land Forest Reserves in Sudan Based on Participatory Approachp. 361
Introduction of Non-conventional Salt Tolerant Crops Under Salt Affected Arable Land in Pakistanp. 365
Policies and Cost/Benefit for Combating Land Degradation and Desertification
The International Convention on Desertification: the Preservation of Indigenous Technologies in Arab Countries of West Asiap. 375
Lessons from Rural Development of Relevance to Desertificationp. 381
Sustainable Management of Rangelands and Agricultural Systems of the Drylands: The ICARDA Experience in Combating Desertificationp. 389
Can Science and Technology Help to Initiate Natural Regreening of the Arabian Peninusula?p. 399
The Desert Environment in Iranp. 407
Application of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System (GIS) to Study Desertification
Using Satellite Imagery and GIS in the Mapping of Coastal Landscapes in an Arid Environment: Khor Al Bazam, Western Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emiratesp. 415
Geographical Information System Modeling of Groundwater Potentiality in the Northeastern Part of the United Arab Emiratesp. 423
Radarsat Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Imagery Observation of Sand Dunes in Kuwaitp. 435
Application of Remote Sensing for the Assessment of Environmental Changes in Western Kordofan State (Sudan)p. 445
Application of Remote Sensing and GIS to Study Erosion in Tunisiap. 453
Preliminary Study of Sand Erosion in South Khartoum Area, Sudanp. 461
Groundwater Resources in Desert Areas
Groundwater Situation in the United Arab Emirates: An Overviewp. 469
Sustainable Development of a Depletable Aquifer: A Case Studyp. 477
Suitability of Groundwater for Irrigation in Kuwaitp. 487
Author indexp. 491
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