In this book, the authors integrate various perspectives on the evaluation of natural resources in arid and semiarid zones, analyze development options, and discuss systems analysis tools that could be important for the management of technology.
Part I. Arid Climates 1. Semi-Arid Regions in the World 2. Mexico's Semi-Arid Zones 3. The Climates of Mexico with Emphasis on Arid Zones 4. Climate and the Chihuahuan Desert Part II. Resource Assessment 5. Soils of Semi-Arid Regions 6. Remote Sensing to Detect Desertification Processes 7. System of Classification and Physiographic Survey 8. Techniques for Vegetation Mapping in Semi-Arid Regions 9. Computer Enhancement of Landsat Data for Mapping Renewable Resources in Arid Regions: Special Reference to Guayule in the Chihuahuan Desert Part III. Development Options 10. Strategies for the Prevention of and Fight Against Desertification 11. The Adverse Effects of Economic Development on Agriculture and Distribution of Wealth in the Tropics 12. Small-Scale Mining in Semi-Arid Areas 13. Regional Development Assisted Through Local Renewable Energy Resources 14. Crop Alternatives in Semi-Arid Regions 15. Botanochemicals From Arid Lands: toward Development of Production, Marketing, and Consumption Systems 16. Solar Radiation and Its Utilization 17. The Application of Solar Energy in Arid Lands Part IV. Assessing Technologies and interdisciplinary Research 18. The Management of Technology: Old and New Perspectives 19. Social Assessment of Technology 20. Technology Assessment in Arid Land Renewable Resource Development: Guayule in Mexico 21. Systems analysis in Arid Zones (Asza): Constructing an interface Between Regional Public Policy and Science and Technology in Mexico