Office of Arid Lands Studies, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona

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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


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