Department of Desert Arid Zones Management

The Department of Desert and Arid Zones Management (DAM) started its activities in 2005. The department has a mandate to carry out both teaching and research to address the problems of land degradation, with special emphasis on problems of wind erosion, desertification and proper management of natural resources of desert and arid regions of the country. The department offers high quality education to both undergraduate and postgraduate students with different courses which cover all aspects of arid zone management. The department’s mission is to train experts who have full knowledge about the limitations and potentials of deserts and can play significant roles in management of arid zones. Training these experts, therefore, helps prevent desertification, soil erosion and land degradation, exploit natural resources in arid and desert conditions, and control of people immigration from arid and semi-arid region.

Major Objectives of the Department

  • To impart higher education at undergraduate and post-graduate levels in the field of Desert and Arid Zones Management
  • To supervise post-graduate students in planning, conducting, and evaluating students’ theses as part of their degree programs
  • To develop closer link in line with departments and research organizations for mutual collaboration in research/development activities on natural resource conservation and improvements in deserts and arid zones of Iran
  • To promote awareness among students, researchers, policy makers and the society in general about natural resource conservation and management through publishing articles and organizing seminars/workshops on the subjects related to natural resource management More

    Head of the Department of Desert Arid Zones Management
    Omid_Safari Omid Safari
    Associate Prof.
    Department of Environmental Science

    Concentration areas offered by the Department of Desert Arid Zones Management
    Areas Bachelor's Master's Ph.D
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Academic staff

Morteza Akbari
Assistant Professor
Alireza Rashki
Associate Professor
Adel Sepehr
Associate Professor


Recent journal articles

Nabati, J., Nezami, A., & Akbari, M. (2023). An integrated approach land suitability for agroecological zoning based on fuzzy inference system and GIS. Environment Development and Sustainability, 25 (3), 2316-2338.
Hadi Memarian, Shiva Abdi Bastami, Akbari, M., Seyed Mohammad Tajbakhsh, & Azamirad, M. (2023). An integrative approach of the physical-based stability index mapping with the maximum entropy stochastic model for risk analysis of mass movements. Environment Development and Sustainability, 25 (3), 2808-2830.
Sepehr, A., Jean Poesen, & Ali Hassanli (2023). Combining UAV remote sensing and pedological analyses to better understand soil piping erosion. Geoderma, 429 (1), 116267-116282.
Rashki, A. (2023). A Synoptic- and Remote Sensing-based Analysis of a Severe Dust Storm Event over Central Asia. Aerosol and Air Quality Research, 23 (2), 220309-220335.
Akbari, M. (2023). Assessing impacts of floods disaster on soil erosion risk based on the RUSLE-GloSEM approach in western Iran. Journal of Natural Hazards, 117 (2), 1689-1710.
Karim Abdukhakimovich Shukurov, Denis Valentinovich Simonenkov, Aleksei Viktorovich Nevzorov, Rashki, A., Nasim Hossein Hamzeh, Sabur Fuzaylovich Abdullaev, Lyudmila Mihailovna Shukurova, & Otto Guramovich Chkhetiani (2023). CALIOP-Based Evaluation of Dust Emissions and Long-Range Transport of the Dust from the Aral−Caspian Arid Region by 3D-Source Potential Impact (3D-SPI) Method. Remote Sensing, 15 (11), 1-27.

Recent theses and dissertations

Contact Information

Iran, Mashhad, Azadi Square, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

Faculty of Natural Resources and Environment, Department of Desert Arid Zones Management

Phone: +985138805466