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Characterizing the desert environment for Army operations

Daniel A. Gilewitch, W. Chris King, Eugene J. Palka, Russell S. Harmon, Eric V. McDonald and William W. Doe
Characterizing the desert environment for Army operations (in Military geosciences in the twenty-first century, Russell S. Harmon (editor), Sophie E. Baker (editor) and Eric V. McDonald (editor))
Reviews in Engineering Geology (August 2014) 22: 57-68


The U.S. Army will continue to be involved in desert warfare for the foreseeable future. It is imperative that military equipment is designed and tested for use in this environment; that soldiers are trained to operate in the desert; and that they can accomplish their missions under the extreme conditions presented by this distinct operating environment. Understanding desert processes and terrain is fundamental to accomplishing these goals. Scientists have long debated demarcation and classification of deserts, considering many measurable factors. However, few have classified deserts in a way that specifically supports the military missions of operating, training, and testing. This research was undertaken to classify deserts using both physical and military variables and to develop a system that examines deserts from a military perspective. A panel of scientists and military officers developed and tested a model of warm and hot desert classification. The robustness of the model was tested at the Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, and the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California. This work is a preliminary step toward a thorough examination of desert training and testing sites and potential conflict areas in desert locations throughout the world.

ISSN: 0080-2018
EISSN: 2169-799X
Coden: GAEGA4
Serial Title: Reviews in Engineering Geology
Serial Volume: 22
Title: Characterizing the desert environment for Army operations
Title: Military geosciences in the twenty-first century
Author(s): Gilewitch, Daniel A.King, W. ChrisPalka, Eugene J.Harmon, Russell S.McDonald, Eric V.Doe, William W., III
Author(s): Harmon, Russell S.editor
Author(s): Baker, Sophie E.editor
Author(s): McDonald, Eric V.editor
Affiliation: U. S. Army Command and General Staff College, Department of Joint, Interagency, and Multinational Operations, Fort Leavenworth, KS, United States
Affiliation: U. S. Army Corps of Engineers-Engineer Research and Development Center, Ruislip, United Kingdom
Pages: 57-68
Published: 201408
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of America (GSA), Boulder, CO, United States
References: 37
Accession Number: 2014-085153
Categories: Environmental geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 3 tables, sketch map
Secondary Affiliation: Desert Research Institute, USA, United StatesEastern Kentucky University, USA, United StatesU. S. Army Corps of Engineers, GBR, United KingdomDesert Research Institute, USA, United StatesVeterans Green Jobs, USA, United States
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data supplied by the Geological Society of America, Boulder, CO, United States
Update Code: 201444
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