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

Akbari, M., Masoud Jafari Shalamzari (2020). Monitoring desertification processes using ecological indicators and providing management programs in arid regions of Iran. Ecological Indicators, 111 (106011), 106011-106026.
Akbari, M. (2020). Assessing early warning for desertification hazard based on E-SMART indicators in arid regions of northeastern Iran. Journal of Arid Environments, 174 (104086), 104086-104094.
Akbari, M., Feyzi Kushki, F., & Alizadeh Noughani, M. (2020). Prioritizing effective indicators of desertification hazard using factor-cluster analysis, in arid regions of Iran. Arabian Journal of Geosciences, 13 (8), 1-17.
Sepehr, A. (2020). Evaluating the Impacts of Combating-Action Programs on Desertification Hazard Trends: A Case Study of Taybad-Bakharz Region, Northeastern Iran. Environmental and Sustainability Indicators, (), -.
Nabati, J., Nezami, A., & Akbari, M. (2020). GIS-based agro-ecological zoning for crop suitability using fuzzy inference system in semi-arid regions. Ecological Indicators, 117 (), 106646-106660.
Sepehr, A. (2020). Investigation the driving forces of land-use change in northeastern Iran: Causes and effects. Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment, 19 (), 100348-7.
Akbari, M. (2020). Assessing Economic, Social, and Environmental Impacts of Wind Energy in Iran with Focus on Development of Wind Power Plants. Journal of Renewable Energy and Environment, 7 (3), 67-79.
Pourali, M., Hosseinzadeh, S., & Akbari, M. (2020). Quantitative analysis of relative active tectonics using geomorphic indices in Band-Golestan basin, northeastern Iran. Spatial Information Research, 28 (4), 419-429.
Akbari, M., Hadi Memarian, Ehsan Neamatollahi, Masoud Jafari Shalamzari, Mohammad Alizadeh Noughani, & Dawood Zakeri (2020). Prioritizing policies and strategies for desertification risk management using MCDM–DPSIR approach in northeastern Iran. Environment Development and Sustainability, (), -.
Khashtabeh, R., Akbari, M., Kolahi, M., & Ali Talebanfard (2020). Assessing the effects of desertification control projects using socio-economic indicators in the arid regions of eastern Iran. Environment Development and Sustainability, (), -.
Biglari Quchan Atigh, Z., Heiari, A., Sepehr, A., Bahreini, M., & K. R. Mahbub (2020). Bioremediation of Heavy Metal Contaminated Soils Originated from Iron Ore Mine by Bio-augmentation with Native Cyanobacteria. Iranian Journal of Energy and Environment, 11 (2), 89-96.
Gholamhosseinian, A., Sepehr, A., & Iraj Emadodin (2020). The effects of biocrusts on soil parameters in a semi-arid pediment at north-eastern Iran. Revista de Geomorfologie, 22 (1), 5-19.
Pourali, M., Sepehr, A., & Mahmudy Gharaie, M. (2020). Depositional pattern of sediments in a dry-lake Playa in NE Iran; Implication for geomorphologic characteristics. , 9 (5), 11-24.

Recent theses and dissertations

Fatemi Far, L. (2020). Changes of biological soil crust along geomorphologic gradient with different geodiversity. , ( ). Faculty of Natural Resources and Environment, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad.
Younesiyan, Z. (2020). Estimation of sheet Erosion by dendrogeomorphology Method. , (Master's thesis of ). Faculty of Natural Resources and Environment, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad.

Contact Information

Iran, Mashhad, Azadi Square, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

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

Phone: +985138805466