Assessment of Desertification Density Using IMDPA Model (Case study: Shahr-Babak plain, Kerman Province)

Document Type : Research Paper


1 PhD Student, Sari Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources University, Sari, , I.R. Iran

2 Associate Professor, Faculty of Natural Resources, University of Tehran, Karaj, I.R. Iran

3 Assistant Professor, Faculty of Natural Resources, University of Tehran, Karaj, I.R. Iran


To assessment and preparation of desertification mapping, much research has been conducted ever within and outside the country that has led to numerous regional models. To provide a regional model and quantitative assessment of current state of desertification, ShahrBabak plain with an area of 4112 square kilometers (Km2) located in the Northwest of Kerman province were considered. In this study, to assess the severity of desertification using thirteen indices that five of them based on groundwater and include: electrical conductivity (EC), sodium absorption ratio (SAR), chloride (Cl), drop of groundwater and water table depth and three of them based on climate data and included: annual rainfall, Transeau drought index, drought index and also three of them based on vegetation and included: Conditions, exploitation and restoration of vegetation, water erosion and irrigation methods in format of desertification Iranian model IMDPA to investigation and determine the class of desertification intensity were done in each of work units. The final score of each of work units and then total area were determined using Geometric average from any of the mentioned indices. Finally the current status of desertification intensity classes were estimated in low, medium, high and very high classes. The results indicated that in the regional proposed model, the study area with respect to intensity of desertification is placed in about 61351 ha (14.92 %) in low class and about 138575 ha (33.7%) in medium class, about 117685 ha (28.62 %) in high class and about 93589 ha (22.76 %) in very high class. Also the weight average of quantitative value estimated 2.06 in total area that it indicated the medium desertification class in the total area.



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Volume 68, Issue 2 - Serial Number 2
September 2015
Pages 247-267
  • Receive Date: 18 July 2014
  • Revise Date: 20 June 2015
  • Accept Date: 24 December 2014
  • First Publish Date: 23 August 2015