Developments in Soil Classification, Land Use Planning and Policy Implications

Innovative Thinking of Soil Inventory for Land Use Planning and Management of Land Resources

  • Shabbir A. Shahid
  • Faisal K. Taha
  • Mahmoud A. Abdelfattah

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xlvi
  2. Soil Survey and Classification Strategies in Different Ecological Zones

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Shabbir A. Shahid, Mahmoud A. Abdelfattah, Yasser Othman, Anil Kumar, Faisal K. Taha, John A. Kelley et al.
      Pages 3-49
    3. Samira A. S. Omar, Shabbir A. Shahid
      Pages 85-107
    4. Hussein Harahsheh, Mohamed Mashroom, Yousef Marzouqi, Eman Al Khatib, B. R. M. Rao, M. A. Fyzee
      Pages 133-146
    5. Peter King, Gerard Grealish, Shabbir A. Shahid, Mahmoud A. Abdelfattah
      Pages 147-164
    6. Gerard Grealish, R. W. Fitzpatrick, Peter King, Shabbir A. Shahid
      Pages 165-174
    7. Michael A. Wilson, Shabbir A. Shahid, Mahmoud A. Abdelfattah, John A. Kelley, James E. Thomas
      Pages 175-201
    8. Marina Lebedeva, Maria Gerasimova, Dmitry Golovanov
      Pages 243-256
    9. Bernhard Lucke, Iourii Nikolskii, Rupert Bäumler
      Pages 269-284
    10. Abdelmagid Ali Elmobarak, Fawzi Mohamed Salih
      Pages 315-328
    11. William H. Verboom, John S. Pate, Mahmoud A. Abdelfattah, Shabbir A. Shahid
      Pages 329-344
    12. Mohamed S. Alhammadi, Mohamed S. Gheblawi
      Pages 393-403
    13. Mohammad Hassan Sayyari-Zahan
      Pages 405-415
    14. Sabry M. Shaheen, Mohamed E. Abo-Waly, Rafaat A. Ali
      Pages 417-448
    15. Anny Mulyani, Adi Priyono, Fahmuddin Agus
      Pages 449-466
  3. Land Use Planning and Policy Implications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 467-467
  4. New Trends in Land Degradation and Desertification

  5. Modeling of Soil and Groundwater Contamination

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 751-751
    2. Basma Nasser Al-Shidhani, Mushtaque Ahmed, Salem Al-Jabri, Farid Talukder
      Pages 753-767
  6. Innovations in Research, Development, Education and Extension

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 781-781

About this book


This important addition to the technical literature of ecology is a storehouse of information on soil that includes inventories, material on databases, and details of policy developments. Soil may be just brown dirt to most people, but its sustained health is vital to the world’s ecosystems, and it is under threat as never before from contamination, degradation and salinization, among other issues. Yet soil is a precious resource: it is the essence of life, the location of innumerable chemical reactions, a filtration and nutritive system for water itself, and a versatile, if vulnerable, growing medium. Care is needed in looking after soil, since it renews itself only slowly.

As the world’s population continues to expand, maintaining and indeed increasing agricultural productivity is more important than ever, though it is also more difficult than ever in the face of changing weather patterns that in some cases are leading to aridity and desertification. The absence of scientific soil inventories, especially in arid areas, leads to mistaken decisions about soil use that, in the end, reduce a region’s capacity to feed its population, or to guarantee a clean water supply. Greater efficiency in soil use is possible when these resources are properly classified using international standards. Focusing on arid regions, this volume details soil classification from many countries. It is only once this information is properly assimilated by policymakers it becomes a foundation for informed decisions in land use planning for rational and sustainable uses.


Arid environments Land use planning Policy implications Soil classification Soil education

Editors and affiliations

  • Shabbir A. Shahid
    • 1
  • Faisal K. Taha
    • 2
  • Mahmoud A. Abdelfattah
    • 3
  1. 1., Salinity ManagementInternational Center for Biosaline AgricDubaiUtd.Arab.Emir.
  2. 2., Technical ProgramsInternational Center for Biosaline AgricDubaiUtd.Arab.Emir.
  3. 3., Soil and Land Use ManagementEnvironment Agency - Abu DhabiAbu DhabiUtd.Arab.Emir.

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