Research Reports 
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Did you Know?
  • The Ghaf tree (Prosopis cineraria) is extremely drought resistant and its roots can go down to 30 metres, enabling it to reach the water table in the DDCR

In order for the DDCR to be managed by sound scientific principles, research is being undertaken by the full time conservation team and in conjunction with a number of UAE universities.

Current Research Projects

Quantitative analysis of the hyper-arid vegetation changes under grazing in Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

To implement a continuous practical and efficient vegetation monitoring program by applying analytical tools for effective data interpretations. As vegetation is the base of the food pyramid the expected data and information is indispensable for managing the ecology of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve.

Changes in functional diversity under grazing pressure in hyperarid shrubland ecosystem

To investigate the term Functional diversity “a variety of life-history traits presented by an assemblage of organisms” with regards to the vegetation diversity of DDCR. It has been postulated to be critical for the maintenance of ecosystem processes and properties. The conceptual linkages between ecosystem disturbance, species diversity and functional diversity are fundamental to resource management and conservation planning.

Monitoring of the Arabian oryx (Oryx leucoryx) in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

To gain an understanding of the ecology of the Arabian oryx within the DDCR, in particular we will look to determine their home range and which habitats, within that home range, they prefer and finally which plant species they utilize within that habitat.

Monitoring of arid rangeland ecology using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) Desert Drones over Dubai

To establish a base in this emerging field within DDCR for the civilian use of aerial photography from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and demonstrating its values for arid rangelands conservation.

Camera Trap Survey of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

As many species within desert environments are both nocturnal and elusive, it is difficult to gather reliable information on their populations. A camera trap is a camera that triggers when an animal passes in front of an infrared and motion detector.

Assessment of Forage Productivity and Carrying Capacity

To investigate and recommend strategies, to manage and restore the rangelands and conserve their biodiversity in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve.

Fixed Point Photography

To maintain a visual record of the different habitat types within the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve.

Macqueen’s Bustard Re-introduction

To supplement the wild population, which migrate through the UAE, of this species that is classified, on the IUCN Red Data List, as vulnerable through rapid population decline.