Soil Conservation Practices and Efforts Made to Combat Desertification in the United Arab Emirates

Shabbir Ahmad Shahid, Tareefa S. Alsumaiti

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Abstract

The United Arab Emirates is in the hyper-arid desert environment where evapotranspiration exceeds precipitation and Aridic (L. aridus, dry) and Torric (L. torridus, hot) moisture regimes have been identified. The soils are dominantly sandy “Entisols” and highly vulnerable to wind erosion leading to loss of fertile soil and organic matter and exposure of hard pans. These sandy landscapes need attention for their conservation to obtain ecosystem services. Wind erosion is considered the main land degradation factor. Other land degradation indicators identified are, soil salinization (coastal land and agricultural farms), plant roots exposure, surface armor layer, loss of fertile soil and organic matter etc.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal Degradation of Soil and Water Resources
Subtitle of host publicationRegional Assessment and Strategies
PublisherSpringer Nature
Pages273-286
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9789811679162
ISBN (Print)9789811679155
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Environmental Science

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