The five major types of franchises are: job franchise, product franchise, business format franchise, investment franchise and conversion franchise. Category I occupies 0.8% of all land surface. Degrees of soil degradation in GLASOD are strong, moderate, and light. An interesting example that covers a very large area is the northern half of Africa, where the climate varies from wet near the equator to extremely arid at 25°N, with the southern boundary of the Sahara Desert roughly along 16°N. The close relationship between radiation and temperature holds in cool and temperate arid zones except in the Mediterranean area, where radiation is greatest in spring but temperature is highest in summer. All of the above regions except Australia coincide with soil degradation areas categorized as S. From the histogram of SDNDVI (see Figure 10), there are areas that belong to Category A with a large SDNDVI. If desertification is considered as soil degradation, Category S coincides with the areas affected by desertification. Figure 5 shows a scatter plot of AI and NDVIymx for pixels of size 8 km × 8 km. Arid regions of the world were classified into four categories, namely A, severe deserts, where both aridity and vegetation indices are very small; G, semi-arid regions, where the vegetation index is proportionally related to the AI; I, irrigated areas and oases, where the vegetation is relatively abundant despite severe dryness; and S, soil degradation areas, where the vegetation is poor despite relatively humid conditions. Arid land definition: Arid land is so dry that very few plants can grow on it. In the twelfth century, the Hebrew philosopher, scientist, and jurist Moses Maimonides (1135–1204) wrote (Goodhill, 1971). Dennis L. Hartmann, in Global Physical Climatology (Second Edition), 2016. Sandstorm occur frequently near sand dunes. The dust is generated locally by daytime vigorous boundary layer thermals and associated gusty surface winds. To illustrate this complexity, the vertical structure of the energy balance of the Arabian heat low is shown in Figure 5. A key question is whether it is appropriate to hold these highly altered river systems to the same scale of ecological condition as wild, uncontrolled systems like that of the Gila Reference Domain, or do they effectively represent a new, highly modified subclass to be evaluated on their own terms? Daytime and nighttime vertical motion profiles (vertical p-velocity) over the Arabian heat low. The sharp vertical gradients of q and θ near 5 km represent a transition zone between turbulent air in the atmospheric mixed layer below and laminar flow in the free atmosphere above. According to research for global land cover mapping, the accuracy of mapping a desert region is as good as that of an evergreen broadleaf forest, in comparison with other categories where accuracy is far from satisfactory (Gong et al. Geographical distribution of the long-term mean of NDVIymx for 1982–2001 (Pathfinder). We considered another approach for distinguishing between deserts, areas affected by drought, and areas affected by soil degradation. There is no consensus on the appropriate method to determine a desert, especially desertification status. Thermal lows generally develop over arid lands or deserts in the summertime. The data processing we conducted is described below. Bagnold's first discussion referred to a ‘long’ dune, where the activities at its two ends could be ignored. In Asia, regions from the Anatolian Peninsula to the Zagros Mountains, southern hillside of the Hindu-Kush Mountains, Rajasthan east of Thar D, west part of Deccan Plateau, river-mouth of the Volga, east part of Kazakh Steppe (which extends south, surrounding Balkhash Lake), west and central Mongolian Steppe, Ordos D (including Kubuqi D and Mu Us D), areas between east Mongolian Steppe (Category G) and Ordos D, Horqin D (or Horqin Sandy Land, which is the nearest desert to Beijing) are included in this category. The arid regions of the world represent some 40% of the earth's land sur- face and are inhabited by about 12% of the world's population. Sites of irrigated areas and oases are also listed in Table 2. Arid regions of high SDNDVI belonging to Category G are observed at the following sites: Sahel labelled as Category G, south Somalia, area surrounding Lake Turkana, and north Kalahari D in Africa; northern Mesopotamia, north Kazakh Steppe, and east Mongolian Steppe in Asia; northeast, east, and west Australian Deserts; and Sonoran D, Chihuahuan D, Monte D, and Patagonia D in the Americas. Category G was divided into four subcategories (G1, G2, G3, and G4) according to the value of NDVIymx (or AI). Histogram of original 125 NDVIymx (for 1982) globally between latitude 55°N and 55°S at an altitude below 3 km. Cited by lists all citing articles based on Crossref citations.Articles with the Crossref icon will open in a new tab. We defined severe desert as the area where NDVIymx is very small. The range of Category I was determined by referring to a map of irrigated areas and oases. Approximate the vertical gradient of moist static energy with that of potential energy and then use downward advection against this gradient to balance a radiative heat loss, for example. Desertification Desertification is a type of land degradation in which a relatively dry land region becomes increasingly arid, typically losing its bodies of water as well as vegetation and wildlife. Category G seems to show semi-arid regions where vegetation conditions are related to the state of aridity. Decomposition processes in arid and semi-arid environment have some unique characteristics due to the distinct physical environment, e.g. Our delimitation methodology appears to be applicable to other NDVI data sets, e.g. A striking form of this adaptation that occurs in many parts of the global drylands is known as “tiger bush.” Drylands face ecohydrological change as global and regional climates change. The vegetation index of arid areas where bare soil is visible is not a vegetation index in the original sense of the term. This study emphasizes the geomorphology of the regolith. A Hot Desert climate (BWh) covers huge areas of Africa (e.g., Sahara ), the Arabian Peninsula, the interior of Australia, and parts of the American Southwest. The Journal of Arid Land (JAL) is an international journal (ISSN 1674-6767 (print version), 2194-7783 (electronic version); CN 65-1278/K) for the natural sciences, sponsored by the Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Science Press and China Society of Natural Resources.It is published by Science Press and Springer. Figure 9. An upper layer from 550 hPa to the upper boundary is a region where radiative cooling is approximately balanced by adiabatic heating (subsidence warming). The sediments are very small and was shaped by wind. Monthly Weather Review 114: 1084–1102. L. Wang, P. D'Odorico, in Encyclopedia of Ecology (Second Edition), 2013. Category S denotes arid areas where vegetation is poor despite the comparatively wet climate; in other words, it seems to indicate the areas of soil degradation. The case shown represents a synthesis of data from research aircraft flights over the Arabian desert, although it is typical of other desert regions. In Australia, the southern part of Simpson D surrounding Lake Eyre is included in this category. The term oasis evokes an image of cultural context in which humans balance use and sustainability of scarce resources, creating a fine-scale, local refugial niche amidst inhospitable surroundings (Laureano, 2001). These springs often are the only water sources in large areas, and vary tremendously in terms of their size, water quality, species diversity, ecological significance, structure, cultural history, contemporary use, and conservation status. The histogram shows a distribution with two peaks for severe deserts (peak 1) and areas with lush greenery (peak 2). Figure 6.20 shows that during July the pressure drops over the central Sahara and winds along 15°N come from the southwest, bringing moist air toward the Sahara, just the reverse of during January. Soil degradation also occurs in humid climates (Le Houerou 1996). Most researchers have defined ‘desert’ according to their discipline (Tucker, Newcomb, and Dregne 1994). Line (c): SDNDVI = 0.03. To investigate these phenomena experimentally, he constructed a wind tunnel with a fan at one end to drive sand grains down the tunnel, the fan being able to create varied wind speeds. In the World Atlas of Desertification, annual potential evapotranspiration values by the Thornthwaite method E pt (units: metres) were adjusted to better fit those calculated by the Penman method E pp according to Hulme and Marsh (1990) or Hulme, Marsh, and Jones (1992), as follows: (1) where P is annual precipitation (in metres). However, over the course of human cultural development and history, the concept, dream, and reality of the oasis have been extended to include desert cities, such as those in the Middle East and the American Southwest. Four main categories were defined, corresponding to the aridity and vegetation indices: Category A, which is highly arid regions where the vegetation is sparse (severe deserts); Category G, where the vegetation condition depends on the degree of aridity (the dry savanna in subtropical regions and grasslands (steppe) in mid-latitudes); Category I, where greenery is abundant despite dry conditions (irrigation regions or oases); and Category S, where the vegetation is poor despite relatively wet conditions. Featured image: Detail of an illustration from the Arnold Guyot’s influential textbook Physical Geography (1885), which shows even desert areas such as Egypt as being well populated with a variety of trees.. Our most common conception of deserts and arid lands is that they are ruined wastelands with little value, aberrations that need to be repaired and improved. Random weather events or the remote influence of sea surface temperature changes can lead to a succession of wet years. Most irrigated areas exist in the basins of large rivers. Field studies of thermal lows show that the raising of dust by daytime heating makes their energetics rather complex. Fig. arid meaning: 1. very dry and without enough rain for plants: 2. unsuccessful: 3. not interesting and showing…. Tucker, Dregne, and Newcomb 1991). In the tropical Western Sahara during July, the minimum sea-level pressure and apparent low-level convergence occur near 22°N, 5°W (Fig. 6.20). However, microphytic plants occupy many areas of otherwise bare soil where vascular plants are absent, and can confer some resistance to wind and water erosion. The four categories of UNEP-delimited (Middleton and Thomas 1992, 1997) arid regions are as follows: hyperarid (AI < 0.05), arid (0.05 ≤ AI < 0.20), semi-arid (0.20 ≤ AI < 0.50), and dry subhumid (0.50 ≤ AI < 0.65) for the period 1951–1980. Figure 4. The horizontal resolution is 8 km × 8 km in latitude and longitude. Many tropical regions have a wet season and a dry season of varying lengths. In this method, the quantity is determined empirically as a function of the mean monthly temperature only, except that the average number of daylight hours for the month is also taken into consideration. “Comparing the air of cities to the air of deserts and arid lands is like comparing waters that are befouled and turbid to waters that are fine and pure. Such areas may occur due to soil degradation or soil erosion. We created a histogram for a yearly maximum normalized vegetation index (NDVIymx) from PAL data. The Physics of Blown Sand and Desert Dunes. Figure 2. –Sand & Wind – but not … The distinctive natural environment in arid lands, coupled with the growing human populations in drylands, is one of the primary reasons behind the recent upsurge in the global study of deserts. Sites of soil degradation as well as the subcategories are listed in Table 4. Most deserts are found along the 30 degree latitude line (north and south of the equator). Ordos D including Kubqi D and Mu Us D). Concern over air pollution has been well documented (Brimblecombe, 1978). The four categories of UNEP-delimited (Middleton and Thomas 1992, 1997) arid regions are as follows: hyperarid (AI < 0.05), arid (0.05 ≤ AI < 0.20), semi-arid (0.20 ≤ AI < 0.50), and dry subhumid (0.50 ≤ AI < 0.65) for the period 1951–1980. Annual rainfall is about 1800 mm. The area where standard deviation of NDVIymx (SDNDVI) is large seems to correspond to areas affected by drought, which are areas belonging to Category G. In contrast, soil degradation (desertification) has a long-lasting effect with permanent and sometimes irreversible consequences for production potential. SDNDVI for Category S is smaller and narrower than for Category G, because soil degradation, unlike drought events, prevents the rapid recovery of vegetation following precipitation. We suspect scores would be significantly lower in flow-controlled reaches. However, there has been no prior systematic study on the identification of soil degradation areas (including desert areas) at a global scale, because it is difficult to distinguish degradation areas from semi-arid regions in which droughts occur frequently. However, a more quantitative approach began to develop during the first half of the twentieth century, later spurred by the Dust Bowl event of the American Great Plains in the 1930s. Co-sponsored by Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Science Press, the Journal of Arid Land is an international peer-reviewed journal which explores sustainable development and eco-environmental management and focuses on the arid and semi-arid lands in Central Asia and the world at large. The degree of dryness is not determined by precipitation alone. The two PAMs used in this study, Superfloc A-836 and Superfloc A-870, varied widely in molecular weight ranging qualitatively from high, 15 Mg/mol, to very low and surface charge from 20% to 70%, respectively. Our initial scaling analysis on the relationship between discharge volume and resulting fluvial geomorphic surfaces and associated vegetation patterns had limited precision and was confined to a single geologic context. The degree of severity of soil degradation (a kind of desertification risk index) was defined on a trial basis by the value of NDVIymxAI−1, as shown in Figure 5. Partially due to all the above reasons, compared with wetter environments, the rate of litter decomposition in arid and semi-arid environments is much poorly predicted using abiotic factors such as mean annual precipitation and soil moisture. From his laboratory studies and theoretical considerations, Bagnold derived the formula: q=Cρ/g(d/D)1/2 V′*3, where q is the mass transport of sand across a transport lane of unit width; C a dimensionless empirical constant that depended on the degree and type of sand sorting; ρ the density of air; g the acceleration due to gravity; d the average grain diameter for the sand; D a standard grain diameter for the sand used in Bagnold's original experiments (0.025 cm); and V′⁎ the friction (drag or shear) velocity, proportional to the square root of the shear stress between the wind and the sheet of moving sand when it began to move as the wind velocity was increased (Bagnold, 1941: 67). If land has an Arid climate it is usually a desert. Ss, Sm, and Sw: severity of soil degradation (strong, moderate, and weak, respectively). The precipitation and low-level convergence are tied together and follow the insolation into the summer hemisphere. Ss, Sm, and Sw indicate the severity of soil degradation (strong, moderate, and weak, respectively). In the twentieth century, a combination of natural and anthropogenic factors gave rise to the concept of desertification – first as a rather simplified ‘march of the desert’ into bordering semiarid regions, and then recently as a more complex phenomenon that includes both natural and anthropogenic causes, the latter primarily the consequence of increased population numbers in the semiarid regions of the world. (a) The Saharan oasis of Ghardaia, Algeria at 32°N. Hereafter, the analysed NDVIymx in our study indicates the standardized NDVIymx. In this article, the delimitation methodology combining both aridity and vegetation indices was proposed. Many arid regions categorized as G (semi-arid) coincide with ‘light’ degree of desertification in GLASOD. Global distribution of deserts. Category: A, severe deserts; I, irrigated areas and oases; G, semi-arid regions (savanna, steppe); S, soil degradation areas in arid regions. Conceptual three-layer structure of the daytime Arabian heat low. Therefore, the degree of dryness is normally expressed as precipitation divided by potential evapotranspiration, giving the AI. Severe deserts (Category A) divided into superdry region (SDNDVI) ≤ 0.03) and ordinary dry region (SDNDVI > 0.03). 1994), etc. This mode line is shown in Figure 5, labelled ‘a.’ A pixel on the left/right side of this proportional line ‘a’ indicates that the vegetation condition in this area is better/worse than the corresponding vegetation condition at a pixel on the proportional line shown by Equation (4). Geographical distribution of mean annual aridity index AI for 1961–1990 (CRU). In arid areas, it is considered preferable to use a soil-adjusted normalized vegetation index such as the soil-adjusted vegetation index (SAVI) (Huete 1988), modified soil-adjusted vegetation index (MSAVI) (Qi et al. 6.7 for the Southern Hemisphere using the same coordinate axes. M, mountainous areas higher than 3 km; C, cool and cold areas located further north/south than 55° N/55° S in latitude. The eastern half of the Iberian Peninsula (the soil is highly salinized) in Europe is also included in this category. Figure 14.1. Types of Deposits Typical of Arid Environments - 1) Wind blown sand (well sorted, texturally mature medium or finer sand); 2) Flash flood deposits (poorly sorted breccia, including debris flows); and 3) Playa lake deposits (silt, mud and evaporites). The reverse feedback process is also possible. Equations defining the three subcategories are as follows: (9). This manifests itself in low soil moisture availability, ephemeral stream and river flow, and a plant cover that occupies only a part of the landscape. Adapted with permission from Smith, E. A., 1986. This net radiative heating could support mean upward motion that would produce precipitation. Plateaus. Since E (30.1%) is similar to F (29.9%), the data tabulated in Table 5 appear to be reliable. The global arid zone is found owing to a unique combination of atmospheric, geologic, and geomorphic conditions, and, as a result of these factors, a very distinct Critical Zone (CZ) is encountered. We attempted to delimit arid regions at a global scale by combining climate data, i.e. Figure 6.24. While we were successful in developing a large-river RAM focused on arid-land hydrology, further testing is needed, particularly in scaling attributes. Example sentences with "arid land", translation memory The drylands can be classified into four sub-types: dry sub-humid lands, semi-arid lands, arid lands, and hyper-arid lands. A, Category A (severe deserts); G, Category G (semi-arid regions); S, Category S (soil degradation areas); ALL, Categories A + G + S + I + H. (I, Category I (irrigated areas or oases); H, Category H (humid and vegetation affluent regions)). 5 Howick Place | London | SW1P 1WG. Never gets into groundwater, were plants can draw it up later. A detailed world irrigation map was produced by Thenkabail et al. Lastly, rapid assessment metrics are by design semiquantitative and further testing of their efficacy with detailed and more intensive studies (Level 3) is a must for growing the science that underpins them. What are some landmarks of an arid desert? Around 20% of the geographical areas in the world are deserts. Up to an AI of approximately 0.45, a linear relationship exists between NDVIymx and AI, expressed as follows: (4). The vertical structure of thermal lows can also be considered from an energy budget perspective. Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences, Desert Oasis Springs: Ecohydrology, Biocultural Diversity, Mythology, and Societal Implications, Rafael de Grenade, Lawrence E. Stevens, in, Map produced by J. Jenness (Museum of Northern Arizona Springs Stewardship Institute, Flagstaff), with base cover derived from, http://maps.tnc.org/files/shp/terr-ecoregions-TNC.zip, Atmospheric General Circulation and Climate, Global Physical Climatology (Second Edition), Overview of the Chemistry of Polluted and Remote Atmospheres, Barbara J. Finlayson-Pitts, James N. Pitts, Chemistry of the Upper and Lower Atmosphere, Rapid Assessment of Arid Land Lowland Riverine Wetland Ecosystems: A New Mexico Case Study, Maryann M. McGraw, ... Elizabeth R. Milford, in. Desertification is mainly defined as a process of land degradation that reduces its productivity. Severe deserts are divided into three types of desert (true, very severe, and severe) according to the ratio of the small SDNDVI for individual severe deserts. We selected yearly AI as representative of climate, and yearly maximum NDVI (NDVIymx) as representative of vegetation. We calculated long-term average values of NDVIymx from the Pathfinder NDVI data set for the 20 year period from 1982 to 2001. Great Warm Deserts of the World. We used NDVI data from 1982 to 2001. Regions in Category S occupy 7.6% of all global land surface. Category S was determined where pixels exist on the right side of Equation (4). We produced a map of global distribution of arid regions using unified criteria that have both physical and biological meaning. For example, the Mongolian Steppe experiences polar climate during winter and tundra climate during spring. The channel country is comprised of flooded alluvial plains, watercourses, and swamp and claypan areas of deep grey cracking clays. Despite the harsh conditions animals and plants have developed adaptive methods to survive the environment. It also extends over large areas of subtropical ocean. The Thornthwaite method, which is an empirical formula, was used by Meigs (1953) in the production of a map of world aridity for UNESCO. Figure 2 shows histograms of NDVIymx for each year from 1982 to 2001. This heat low can be characterized as a three-layer system. In what ways are the Hadley circulation and its energy transports related to the climate of the tropics? Carbonate sedimentary rocks are another key arid environment feature. Drylands are zones where precipitation is balanced by evaporation from surfaces and by transpiration by plants (evapotranspiration). Category G is the arid areas that occur between Category I and the line of Equation (4). Deserts are regions with very less precipitation concentrated to a very short duration. Green leaves absorb part of the visible part of the solar radiation spectrum and reflect light in the near-infrared. Category S was divided into three subdivisions according to the degree of degradation, expressed by the ratio of the AI to vegetation index. Conventionally, arid regions are described by the AI. With the assumption of linear transformation, the original NDVIymx values for each year (NDVIo) were transformed to standardized NDVIymx values (NDVIs) so that the two peaks o 1 and o 2, which are values of the histograms of NDVIo, coincide with the two peaks of NDVIs (s 1 and s 2, respectively). This is one mechanism by which thermal lows can have an important influence on surrounding weather patterns. hot deserts and semi-deserts. The range of scores in the Gila Reference Domain was limited and we suggest that this is because the metrics were developed against a relatively intact reference set in a wild, uncontrolled river system. However, arid land is generally treated as ‘bare land’ or ‘grassland.’ In order to quantitatively estimate the extent of desert regions or desertification, it is clearly necessary to define these terms according to objective criteria that have physical and biological meaning. By closing this message, you are consenting to our use of cookies. Classification of arid lands, including .... https://doi.org/10.1080/01431161.2013.805281. The arid desert contains sand dunes, oasis, and border. This area seems to encompass areas where some vegetation appears due to occasional precipitation. Both indices are defined in a variety of ways for the purposes of analysis, and these definitions all have advantages and disadvantages. Conversion of a barchan to a seif. A type of desertification risk index is proposed on the relationship between AI and vegetation index (NDVIymx). Areas of severe desert (Category A) were omitted, considering severe deserts to have been completely desertified. Several previous studies have used NDVI to assess the condition of vegetation in arid and semi-arid regions (Huang and Siegert 2006). Field experiments were conducted to test the influence of two types of anionic polyacrylamide (PAM) on soil erosion and runoff of sloping land in Jordan under natural rainfall conditions. Precipitation is stronger in all seasons in the highlands of Ethiopia at around 10°N and 40°E. Distribution tendency of AI from hyperarid up to dry–subhumid closely matches the aridity map from UNEP. Hence, rainfall is consumed effectively and promptly for plant growth. Gamo (1999) also classified arid regions in the Africa and Eurasia regions into the same four categories. SDNDVI for severe deserts (Category A) is small and sharply concentrated, while SDNDVI for Category G is large and widely distributed. Bagnold also suggested how a barchan might be transformed into a longitudinal dune, or seif, by the occasional action of winds from a direction different from the prevailing wind (Figure 13). Compared to humid lands, the relative importance of desert atmospheric and geomorphic processes and the magnitude and frequency of their operation is rather distinctive. We reprocessed the data to obtain a consistent NDVI time-series for this study. Arid climates can be found on every continent. With all else being equal, sediment loads may vary across basins as a function of geologic substrate, climate, and upland condition such that the relationship may not be strictly linear, particularly at very high flows. Map of global distribution of arid regions defined in Figure 5. The threshold value of AI (0.65) is the same as for the subhumid zone used in the World Atlas of Desertification (Middleton and Thomas 1992, 1997). Rafael de Grenade, Lawrence E. Stevens, in Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences, 2019. Semiarid Deserts. caprocks(bedrock) and hardpans(hardened soil). 14.2). While we have gathered detailed floristic data to support some of our biotic metrics, there is a need for more detailed hydrological measurements followed by modeling of these riverine systems to further correlate outcomes with ecological integrity. Figure 3. To illustrate mixing processes in the atmosphere, vertical profiles of two conserved thermodynamic quantities for dry atmospheric motions, the specific humidity q and the potential temperature θ, are plotted in Figure 3. D.R. ‘Severe desert’ is an imprecise term. So ridges or ripples begin to form, whose wavelengths may be calculated relative to wind speed. 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