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Desertification and Sustainable Land Management


As an Undergraduate Geography and Environmental Sciences teacher, you can use this set of computer based tools to enable students to develop an understanding of deserts and desertification. Climate change and desertification are inextricably linked. Desertification contributes to climate change by removing fertile soil and plants. Soils store significant amounts of carbon, some of which may be released into the atmosphere due to desertification, having a significant impact on the global climate system

Climate change’s effects on desertification are complex, and current research on the subject is evolving. On the one hand, some dryland regions will receive less rainfall, while temperature increases may deplete soil moisture, impairing plant growth. On the other hand, if sufficient water and soil nutrients are available, a rise in CO2 in the atmosphere can promote plant growth. This lesson plan discusses climate change’s effect on desertification and sustainable land approaches that can be adopted to mitigate the same.

Thus, the use of this lesson plan allows you to integrate the teaching of a climate science topic with a core topic in Geography and Environmental Sciences.

Learning Outcome

The tools in this lesson plan will enable students to:

  1. Understand the desertification
  2. Identify the impact of climate change on desertification
  3. Ways to reduce the impact of climate change on desertification.
  4. Importance of sustainable land management practices

Teacher-contributed lesson plan by Dr. Rita Rath (Dyal Singh College), Dr. Neeraja Sood (Dyal Singh College), and Dr. Nisha Vashishta (Miranda House).

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