1. Climate Change : Vulnerability and adaptation in drylands

1.1 Characterization of arid climates
1.2 Global environmental change and ecosystems management
1.3 Vulnerability and adaptation to arid and desert climate
1.4 Environmental restoration and ecological engineering
1.5 Climate change impacts on drylands

2. Water resources mobilization and management

2.1 Solid and water waste management
2.2 Water resources pollution and remediation
2.3 Surface and groundwater mobilization and modelling
2.4 Non-conventional resources (desalinated water, treated wastewater, grey water, etc.)
2.5 Water use efficiency/productivity and irrigation methods
2.6 Desalination of water without energy
2.7 Isotope hydrology/hydrogeology

3. Soil degradation and conservation

3.1 Land degradation and rehabilitation
3.2 Geomorphology and Landforms
3.3 Wind erosion dynamics
3.4 Sand dune fixation
3.5 Water erosion processes and control

4. Environmental monitoring and assessment in drylands

4.1 Change detection of land degradation
4.2 Land Use/Land Cover mapping
4.3 Databases and information sharing
4.4 Telemetry
4.5 Geo-information based decision-making systems
4.6 Heritage inventory and assessment
4.7 Monitoring and analysis of environmental contaminant

5. Geology, geo-resources and environment

5.1 Geology and geomorphology of drylands
5.2 Geophysics and explorations
5.3 Applied geology