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.
|Title of host publication||Global Degradation of Soil and Water Resources|
|Subtitle of host publication||Regional Assessment and Strategies|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 2022|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
- Environmental Science(all)