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
    Omid_Safari@yahoo.com
    +985138805451

    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

Research

Recent journal articles

Rashki, A., N.j.middleton, & A.s.goudie (2021). Dust storms in Iran – Distribution, causes, frequencies and impacts. Aeolian Research, 48 (1), 100655-17.
Emamian, A., Rashki, A., Dimitris G.kaskaoutis, Gholami, A., Christian Opp, & Nick Middleton (2021). Assessing vegetation restoration potential under different land uses and climatic classes in northeast Iran. Ecological Indicators, 122 (1), 107325-13.
Gholamheidar Zoraghi, Kazem Shabani Goraji, Mohammadreza Noura, Rashki, A., & Adam Bumby (2021). An assessment of the ability of a novel mulch to stabilise sand dunes in the Sistan region of Iran. International Journal of Environmental Studies, 78 (5), 759-772.
Shahraki, M., Mahmudy Gharaie, M., Moussavi Harami, S., & Rashki, A. (2021). Geochemistry of Bandan River sediments in Sistan Basin (Eastern Iran): implication for provenance and environmental impact on the Hamoun Lake pollution. Environmental Earth Sciences, 80 (1), -.
Sara Karami, Nasim Hossein Hamzeh, Dimitris Kaskaoutis, Rashki, A., Khan Alam, & Abbas Ranjbar (2021). Numerical simulations of dust storms originated from dried lakes in central and southwest Asia: The case of Aral Sea and Sistan Basin. Aeolian Research, 50 (1), 100679-17.
Gholamhosseinian, A., Sepehr, A., Mohammad Sohrabi, & Iraj Emadodin (2021). Assessing the role of lichens in the prevention of dust emission in dryland: Case study at north-eastern Iran. Aeolian Research, 50 (3), 100697-11.
Abdollahzadeh, Z., Sepehr, A., & Rashki, A. (2021). Detecting degraded, prone and transition ecosystems by environmental thresholds and spectral functions. Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment, 22 (1), 100503-12.
Mohsen Hamidianpour, Seyed Mahdi Amirjahanshahi, Dimitris Kaskaoutis, Rashki, A., & Panagiotis Nast (2021). Climatology of the Sistan Levar wind: Atmospheric dynamics driving its onset, duration and withdrawal. Atmospheric Research, 260 (1), 105711-105711.
Ehsan Neamatollahi, Akbari, M., Tavakkol Afshari, R., & Mohammad Alizadeh Noughani (2021). Interactive Effects of Residue and Tillage Methods on Growth, Yield and Yield Components of Melon. Agrivita, 43 (3), 635-647.
Nasim Hossein Hamzeh, Dimitris G. Kaskaoutis, Rashki, A., & Kaveh Mohammadpour (2021). Long-Term Variability of Dust Events in Southwestern Iran and Its Relationship with the Drought. Atmosphere, 12 (10), 1-22.
Ramezani Moghaddam, Z., Farashi, A., & Rashki, A. (2021). Development of a framework to predict the effects of climate change on birds. Ecological Complexity, 47 (3), 100952-100952.

Recent theses and dissertations

Abasi, H. (2021). Spatial-temporal assessing drought impacts on expansion of desertification hazard using vegetation health index -VHI- and standardized precipitation evapo-transpiration index -SPEI. , ( ). Faculty of Natural Resources and Environment, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad.
Talebanfard, A. (2021). Prioritizing policies and strategies to control and reduce of desertification impacts in the Kavir Namak basin in Khorasan Razavi province. , ( ). Faculty of Natural Resources and Environment, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad.
Omidyan, J. (2021). Identify of dust storm generation sources and Distribute and publish them with using MSG satellite images in south East Iran.. , ( ). Faculty of Natural Resources and Environment, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad.
Bagherpour, F. (2021). Evaluating of spatio-temporal variation of deforestation and desertification expansion using climate change scenarios and multi-temporal satellite data -Case study of Hezar-Masjed forests. , ( ). Faculty of Natural Resources and Environment, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad.
Khavari, Z. (2021). Role of Biological soil crusts on formation of water erosion in arid hillslopes. , ( ). Faculty of Natural Resources and Environment, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad.
Tavasoli Shirvan, S. (2021). Geodiversity Assessment considering analyzing equilibrium and resilience of geosystem to invent a geo-conservation sustainable development model. , ( ). Faculty of Natural Resources and Environment, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad.
Shaban, M. (2021). Investigation of the effect of biological crusts on permeability and soil moisture status in Torogh area. , ( ). 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