Research Reports 
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  • 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

Monitoring Program for the Major Site Values of the DDCR

This program includes the objectives, methodology and expected outcomes of monitoring for each of the major site values (MSV) identified in the DDCR Management Plan. The results of this program will provide us with performance measures for each of these MSV and will be used to evaluate our success in achieving successful conservation outcomes.

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.

Seasonal Dynamics of Herd Structure of Re-introduced Arabian Oryx in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, United Arabian Emirates

Arabian oryx (Oryx leucoryx, Pallas, 1777) is the largest species of antelope on the Arabian Peninsula. This magnificent animal was only saved from extinction through a captive breeding program and reintroduction to the wild.

The Genetic Study of the Arabian Oryx Population in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Over the past 20 years the breeding of Arabian Oryx has been very successful, both in Dubai and around the world.

Machine Learning for Bio-diversity Monitoring and Tracking at Scale

The need to protect the environment has taken center stage in recent years as the damage to the Earth’s natural ecological balance has become increasingly tangible.

Large Scale Explorations of Real-Time Image Mining Captured by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs): Application to Environment Protection

The need to protect the environment has taken center stage in recent years as the damage to the Earth’s natural ecological balance has become increasingly tangible.

Pathogen Risk Assessment on Arabian felines in the United Arab Emirates and Oman

Arabian felines (Arabian leopards, cheetahs, wildcats, sand cats and caracals) are either regionally extinct, critically endangered or their populations are worryingly declining in the Arabian Peninsula.

Statistical evaluation of Sorbonne University Atmospheric Forecasting System (SUAFS) at Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR) (phase 1)

Sorbonne University Atmospheric Forecasting System (SUAFS) is an integrated combination of advanced models able to provide detailed weather desert forecasts on various temporal scales over the Arabian Peninsula and the greater UAE areas.

Analysis of trophic niche partitioning of desert rodents through diet reconstruction

For this project we want to investigate the trophic niche partitioning of the desert rodents found in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve.

Understanding Spatiotemporal Dynamics of a Desert Gecko Community. Insights From Diet, Microbiome, and Parasitic Composition

Understanding trophic interactions and the ways in which they influence niche partitioning remain at the core of ecology, and may have strong implications for conservation biology.

Identifying the colony role of late instar larvae in Psammotermes hybostoma: A potentially new sterile worker caste?

Termites, particularly the lower termites, have extraordinary developmental plasticity which has allowed them to adapt to varied and even harsh environments.

Arthropod Diversity in Ghaf Groves at the DDCR

Arthropods are frequently sampled using a passive collection method called malaise trap. Such a trap can collect both flying, crawling, walking and jumping arthropods.

Archaeological – Geo-archaeological Research in the DDCR

Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi have the interest to develop an archaeological and geoarchaeological research at the DDCR broader area.