Office of Arid Lands Studies, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona
Data Center Description
The Office of Arid Lands Studies (OALS) is a multidisciplinary teaching, research, and information unit in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Arizona in Tucson. OALS conducts interdisciplinary programs that address local, state, national, and international problems related to understanding, regenerating, and managing the world's arid lands.
OALS researchers are working to adapt existing technologies and to develop new, affordable methods of alleviating the problems posed by desertification and its impacts upon fragile natural resources. To further its objectives, OALS gathers and disseminates information that relates to all aspects of arid lands and their uses. To sustain this work, the office supports an internationally recognized graduate program in arid lands resource sciences. Included in the spectrum of OALS research activities are economic botany, remote sensing, natural resources development and management, desertification monitoring and control, water and energy conservation, farming systems research, technology transfer, land use planning, and economic development services for the state of Arizona.