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
Assistant Professor
Adel Sepehr
Assistant Professor

Research

Recent journal articles

Shiravi, M., & Sepehr, A. (2017). Fuzzy Based Detection of Desertification-Prone Areas: A Case Study in Khorasan-Razavi Province, Iran. Natural Resources and Conservation, 5 (1), 1-12.
Mohseni, N., Sepehr, A., Hosseinzadeh, S., Golzarian, M., & Farzin Shabani (2017). Variations in spatial patterns of soil–vegetation properties over subsidence-related ground fissures at an arid ecotone in northeastern Iran. Environmental Earth Sciences, 76 (234), 1-13.
D. G. Kaskaoutis, Rashki, A., E. E. Houssos, M.legrand, P.francois, & T. Takemura (2017). Assessment of changes in atmospheric dynamics and dust activity over southwest Asia using the Caspian Sea–Hindu Kush Index. International Journal of Climatology, 37 (4), 41-62.
Mohseni, N., Hosseinzadeh, S., Sepehr, A., Golzarian, M., & Farzin Shabani (2017). Variations in spatial patterns of soil-vegetation properties and the emergence of multiple resilience thresholds within different debris flow fan positions. Geomorphology, 290 (13), 365-375.
Pashaei, M., Rashki, A., & Sepehr, A. (2017). An Integrated Desertification Vulnerability Index for Khorasan-Razavi, Iran. Natural Resources and Conservation, 5 (3), 44-55.
Hatami, Z., Rezvani Moghaddam, P., Rashki, A., Nassiri Mahallati, M., & B. Habibi Khaniani (2017). Effects of dust deposition from two major dust source regions of Iran on wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) production. International Journal of Environmental Studies, 74 (6), 991-1000.
Mahmoudabadi, E., Karimi Karouyeh, A., Haghnia, G., & Sepehr, A. (2017). Digital soil mapping using remote sensing indices, terrain attributes, and vegetation features in the rangelands of northeastern Iran. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 189 (10), 1-20.
Ebrahimi, A., Farashi, A., & Rashki, A. (2017). Habitat suitability of Persian leopard (Panthera pardus saxicolor) in Iran in future. Environmental Earth Sciences, 76 (20), 697-707.
Rashki, A., Arjmand, M., & D. Kaskaoutis (2017). Assessment of dust activity and dust-plume pathways over Jazmurian Basin, southeast Iran. Aeolian Research, 7 (24), 145-160.
Dastorani, M., Kohzad, B., Sepehr, A., & A. Talebi (2017). The role of rainwater harvesting on providing vegetation water. European Water, 1 (58), 521-527.

Recent theses and dissertations

Jafari, H. (2017). Assessing desertification risk and Damage and offering management programs using two models IMDPA and ESAs (Case Study: desert regions of Gonabad township). , ( ). Faculty of Natural Resources and Environment, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad.
Feyzi Kushki, F. (2017). Prioritize desertification management in Khorasan Razavi Province based on future Studies. , ( ). Faculty of Natural Resources and Environment, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad.
Nasrian, A. (2017). Assessing Agricultural Development Effects on Desertification (Case Study: Dargaz Township in Khorasan Razavi Province, Iran). , ( ). Faculty of Natural Resources and Environment, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad.
Gholamhosseinian, A. (2017). Micromorphology, pedogenesis and dust capture of biological soil crust in alluvial and Aeolian surfaces. , ( ). Faculty of Natural Resources and Environment, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad.
Baghi, M. (2017). Assessment of chemical properties of airborne dust entry to the north east of Iran. , ( ). Faculty of Natural Resources and Environment, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad.
Seyednezhad, F. (2017). Investigation on the effect of sediment from wind erosion on the creation of fertile islands in Neyshabour region. , ( ). Faculty of Natural Resources and Environment, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad.
Shahi Khesht, L. (2017). Identification of dust emission sources in South Khorasan using the MODIS satellite data. , ( ). 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