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A Natural History of the Emirates

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  • Provides a comprehensive and up-to-date review of the nature and environment of the E mirates
  • Includes contributions from over 20 leading experts on UAE ecosystems and biota
  • Explores the challenges of human-environment interactions in a rapidly developing nation
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Table of contents (24 chapters)

  1. An Extreme Environment: Physical Setting of the Emirates

  2. Ecosystems of the Emirates

  3. Organisms and Their Environment


About this book

For many people, thoughts of the United Arab Emirates conjure images of ultramodern skyscrapers and rolling sand dunes. However, the Emirates are a rich mosaic of ecosystems and habitats that support surprisingly diverse communities of organisms, and there is growing awareness of the importance of these previously underappreciated natural assets. A Natural History of the Emirates provides a comprehensive overview of the unusual environmental setting of this young nation, and surveys the major ecosystems and the marine and terrestrial organisms occurring across the nation. From freshwater streams in the hyperarid Hajar Mountains to the world’s most temperature-tolerant coral reefs, the UAE is home to an astounding variety of uniquely adapted organisms that are providing insights into climate change and how organisms cope with and respond to extreme environmental conditions. The book closes with a section on human interactions with this unique environment, and proposes initiatives to ensure the protection of these unique natural assets into the future. 

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Editors and Affiliations

  • Arabian Center for Climate and Environmental Sciences, New York University Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

    John A. Burt

About the editor

Dr. John A. Burt is an Associate Professor of Biology and Head of the Environmental Studies program at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), where he leads research in the Marine Biology Laboratory. He is also the co-director of the NYUAD Water Research Center and the Arabian Center for Climate and Environmental Sciences. Burt has published over 120 scholarly articles and book chapters, primarily focused on the unique environmental biology of the United Arab Emirates and surrounding region. As a long-term resident of the UAE, Burt also has a longstanding association with the Emirates Natural History Group, and was awarded the Sheikh Mubarak Al Nahyan Award for Natural History of the United Arab Emirates in 2017.

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