International Arid Lands Consortium

IALC Conference and Workshop Proceedings

(Papers, abstracts, and slide shows listed below)


Conference: 20-23 October 2002
Workshop: 24-25 October 2002

Conference Themes

Collecting and Organizing Soil & Water Data in Dryland Regions: Techniques & Strategies

Electronic Access to Soil and Water Data: Demonstrations of Interactivity & Usability

Information Gateways, Portals, and Learning Tools: Demonstrating the Future


The IALC wishes to gratefully acknowledge the support of the USDA Forest Service and
the USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) for this conference and workshop.


The documents are in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) for ease in downloading as well as viewing in their original format. This requires the Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded here.



Note: The papers from this conference will be published in the
Arid Lands Newsletter, Issue 52 (Winter 2003).




Donald A. Hegwood
(paper: html version, pdf version)


Dryland Environments
Peter F. Ffolliott, Jeffrey O. Dawson, James T. Fisher, Itshack Moshe, Tim E. Fulbright,
Abdullah Al Musa; Carter Johnson & Paul Verburg
(paper: html version published in the Arid Lands Newsletter, pdf version, & slide show)

Collecting and Organizing Soil & Water Data

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Planning and Managing Soil and Water Resources in Drylands: Role of Watershed Management
Kenneth N. Brooks & M'hammed Tayaa
(paper: html version published in the Arid Lands Newsletter, pdf version, & slide show)


Spatial Variability in Arid Soils: Sampling and Characterization Issues
Dale W. Johnson, R.B. Susfalk, W.W. Miller, J.M. Murphy, D.E. Todd, Jr., P.Verburg & R.F. Walker
(paper: html version published in the Arid Lands Newsletter, pdf version & slide show)


Collection and Organization of Source Data
Cathy E. McGuire
(paper: html version published in the Arid Lands Newsletter, pdf version & slide show)


Assessing the Capabilities of Soil and Water Resources
Daniel G. Neary, Leonard F. DeBano & Malchus B. Baker, Jr. (deceased)
(paper: html version published in the Arid Lands Newsletter, pdf version, & slide show)


Producing, Conserving, and Sustaining Soil and Water Resources: The Role of Watershed Management
Peter F. Ffolliott & Kenneth N. Brooks
(paper: html version published in the Arid Lands Newsletter, pdf version)

Electronic Access to Soil and Water Information

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Information Access Challenges and Opportunities
Roy Tennant
(abstract: html version, pdf version)


An Interactive Virtual Museum Soil Museum: A Pilot Project of the International Soil Reference and Information Centre (ISRIC) with Focus on Arid Soils
Otto Spaargaren, Jan Erik Wien, Onno Roosenschoon & Willem-Jan Jansen
(paper: html version published in the Arid Lands Newsletter, pdf version & slide show)


EarthTrends: The Environmental Information Portal of the World Resources Institute
Daniel B. Tunstall
(abstract: html version, pdf version & slide show)


Soils, Land and Desertification Information Sharing: Issues and Opportunities for a Cooperative Undertaking
Eugene A. Fosnight & Ashbindu Singh
(abstract: html version, pdf version)


An Overview of SAHRA: Its Role in Making Water Information Accessible
Soroosh Sorooshian
(abstract: html version, pdf version & slide show)


Structuring Internet-based Water Resources Information: Supporting Research Synergies and Informing Policy Makers
Gary C. Woodward
(abstract: html version, pdf version & slide show)


Learning from Communities - Integrating Local Knowledge into Bank-Supported Projects
Reinhard Woytek
(abstract: html version, pdf version & slide show)


Portals & Web Services
Timothy Lynch
(abstract: html version, pdf version)


Interactional Digital Libraries: Uses & Users
Anita Coleman
(paper: html version published in the Arid Lands Newsletter, pdf version, & slide show)


Building a Global Arid Lands Information System: A Collaborative Approach
Barbara Hutchinson
(paper: html version published in the Arid Lands Newsletter, pdf version & slide show)

Case Studies

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Slide Shows

Water Crisis In Israel
Gideon Witkon
(slide show)


Badia Vision
Sharifa Zein bint Nasser
(slide show)


Rehabilitating Degraded Areas of the Negev
Itshack Moshe
(abstract: pdf version, slide show)

Poster Papers

Aquaculture Development Potential in Arizona, a GIS-based Approach
Dennis McIntosh, Tammy K. Baldwin & Kevin Fitzsimmons
(paper: pdf version)


The Arizona Electronic Atlas: A Dynamic Resource for Soil, Water and Environmental Data
Christine Kollen & Jeanne Pfander
(abstract: html version, pdf version)


Assessing the Impacts of Prescribed Burning on Soil and Water Resources of Oak Savannas in the Southwestern United States
Gerald J. Gottfried, Daniel G. Neary & Ronald J. Bemis
(paper: pdf version)


A Baseline to Determine the Potential Distribution and Invasiveness of Buffel Grass in Arid Regions of Mexico: Distributed Databases of Specimens, Observations, and Digital Cartography
Laura Arriaga, Alejandro E. Castellanos & Diego Valdez
(abstract: html version, pdf version)


Characterization and Proposition of Silvicultural Treatments for a Plantation of Tamarugo (Prosopis Tamarugo) in the Atacama Desert, Chile
Pablo Garcia & Antonio Vita
(paper: pdf version)


Current Status of Monitoring Runoff, Precipitation, and Soil Moisture at the Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed
Mariano Hernandez
(abstract: html version, pdf version)


Edu-Venture Trail: A Demonstration of Arid Land Techniques
Lee J. Clark & E. Randall Norton
(abstract: html version, pdf version)


Ethnopedological Surveys: An Example from The Senegal River Valley
J.A. Tabor
(abstract: html version, pdf version)


Geographical Distribution of Drylands in Asia with Regard to Its Water Resources
Ali Valikhojeini Ali
(paper: pdf version)


Logging of Burned Pines and Rill Erosion in Mediterranean Drylands
Angeles Garcia Mayor, Susana Bautista & Teresa Gimeno
(paper: pdf version)


Overview of Activities: AGRHYMET Regional Centre
André Nonguierma, Djaby Bakari, Sankung B. Sagnia & Issoufou Ali
(abstract: html version, pdf version)


The Process of Creating the Sonoran Desert Website
Christina Kennedy
(abstract: html version, pdf version)


Prospects for Water Harvesting in Northern Senegal
Ahmed Fall
(abstract: html version, pdf version)


Quantifying the Integration of Olive Production & Inland Shrimp Farming
Chad King, Dennis McIntosh, Erin Ryder, Kevin Fitzsimmons & Craig Collins
(abstract: html version, pdf version)


Range Management Databases on the Web: Two Examples
George Ruyle, Barbara Hutchinson, Michael Haseltine, & Steve Barker
(paper, pdf version)


Rangeview – A New Web Based Tool for Providing Remote Sensing Products and Data to Natural Resource Managers in the Western States
Stuart E. Marsh, Barron J. Orr, Barbara Hutchinson, Anne Thwaits, Larry Howery, George Ruyle, Paul Krausman & Andrea Heydlauff
(abstract: html version, pdf version)


Santa Rita Experimental Range: Accomplishments and Contributions Over One-hundred Years
Mitchel P. McClaran & Peter F. Ffolliott
(abstract: html version, pdf version)


Southwest Watershed Research Center
USDA Agricultural Research Service
(paper: html version, pdf version


A Spatial Decision Support System for Rangeland Watershed Management
Ryan C. Miller, D. Phillip Guertin & Philip Heilman
(abstract: html version, pdf version)


WALTER: A Model for Wildfire Alternatives
Barron J. Orr
(abstract: html version, pdf version)


Water Use by Rootstocks of Emory Oak Coppice
D. Catlow Shipek, Leonard F. DeBano, Gerald J. Gottfried & Peter F. Ffolliott
(paper: html version, pdf version)


Web-based Monitoring and Data Acquisition in Controlled Environment Agriculture
C.Y. Choi, E. Fitz-Rodriguez & S.O’Shaughnessy
(abstract: html version, pdf version)


Web Access to Watershed Management Data and Information
Malchus B. Baker, Jr. (deceased), Michael Haseltine, Carla Casler, Barron J. Orr, Yuko Yamaguchi & Yu Yang
(paper: html version published in the Arid Lands Newsletter, pdf version)


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The International Arid Lands Consortium's (IALC) 9 Member Institutions include:

  • The University of Arizona
  • Desert Research Institute - Nevada
  • Higher Council for Science and Technology - Jordan
  • The University of Illinois
  • Jewish National Fund
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation - Egypt
  • New Mexico State University
  • South Dakota State University
  • Texas A&M University-Kingsville.


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The focus of the IALC conference was the importance, role, and capabilities of soil and water resources in the planning and management of dryland regions, and electronic access to soil and water data: demonstrations of interactivity and usability


The focus of the international workshop was the use of electronic resources available through World Wide Websites, interactive decision-making tools, new internet technologies, and other electronic means to assist in the planning and management of soil and water resources for developmental activities.

Problem Statement

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One-half of the world's countries have portions or all of their land in dryland environments, including hyper-arid, arid, and semiarid zones. These lands and their sub-humid margins account for 45 million km2, or approximately one-third of the Earth's surface. It is here where land and environmental degradation is occurring at an alarming rate and threatening the livelihood of nearly 900 million people, or one-fifth of the human population in the world. During the last half of the 20th Century, these sensitive areas have come under increasing pressure from accelerating human impacts and adverse climatic change. Severe conditions such as drought, famine, land and resource degradation, and economic disruption are well-documented. To alleviate these conditions requires long-term solutions based on a sound research base, holistic planning, practical and cost-efficient managerial methods, and a clear understanding of the inherent capabilities of the base soil and water resources needed to support people's interventions and developmental activities. If these people are to thrive in the world's drylands, they especially need to be cognizant of the scarcity and security issues related to their water and soil resources. To achieve this end, they also need ready-access to a universally available pool of the most current knowledge and information regarding these resources so that appropriate policies can be formulated and emerging developmental technologies applied where appropriate. It is to this purpose that the conference and workshop will be focused.



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