UNESCO Chair in Desert Studies and Desertification Control (119), established in 1994 at Yarmouk University (Jordan).


  • Geosciences; Hydrology; Sociology.


To further assist an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation activities in the field, with a view to deepening, broadening, and extending the concepts of desert studies and desertification control to encompass the following fields:

  • quaternary geology of deserts;
  • sedimentology ;
  • geophysical, geochemical and hydrogeological exploration of desert environments, with emphasis on water resources harvesting;
  • biological (botanical and zoological) desert ecology;
  • archaeological excavations in deserts;
  • desert anthropology and sociology, with emphasis on planning and development of Bedouin settlements;
  • desertification tracking and control.

Host Institution

UNESCO Sector/Office responsible for the Chair/Network

Natural Sciences.

Contact: Dr. Eng. Ahmed A. Al-Taani

Yarmouk University, Faculty of Sciences

E-mail: taaniun(at)hotmail.comtaaniun(at) 

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