Land Management in Space and Time

  • Abbas Farshad
  • Mohammad Hassan Roozitalab
  • Mohammad Reza Jalal Kamali
Part of the World Soils Book Series book series (WSBS)


This chapter begins with a brief description of the general concepts of soil/land management, followed by a historical overview of soil and water management in Iran from the beginning of agriculture to nowadays. Making use of geopedologic indicators, carbon dating, mineralogy, archeological studies, and history has led to propose interesting theories about the genesis of the various soilscapes, which have controlled the land use and soil and water management. The chapter also reports the land management practices devoted to soil and water conservation, many of them invented in Persia. Furthermore, the ongoing efforts toward the adoption of conservation agriculture technologies are shortly described.


Soil/land management A historical overview Geopedologic/archaeologic indicators Conventional agriculture Soil and water conservation Conservation agriculture 



The authors are grateful to Dr. Ali Akbar Noroozi and Dr. Hamid Siadat for providing some relevant research papers/reports (in Persian) and for contributing useful comments on earlier drafts of this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Abbas Farshad
    • 1
  • Mohammad Hassan Roozitalab
    • 2
  • Mohammad Reza Jalal Kamali
    • 3
  1. 1.Earth System Analysis Department (ESA) of ITCTwente UniversityEnschedeThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Soil and Water Research Institute (SWRI)TehranIran
  3. 3.Seed and Plant Improvement Institute (SPII)KarajIran

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