The research of the interdisciplinary German-Omani co-operation project focused on processes of transformation throughout history, regarding the architecture and material culture, the economy and ecology of the oasis settlements in a regional and interdisciplinary approach.
The historian and archaeologist investigate the origins and development of oasis agriculture and its connection with the water system. The architects and urban planners study the settlement typology, settlement structure, building typology, building technology and technical infrastructure.
The agronomist and ecologist study the land use system with the ecological and socio-economic aspects of crop and livestock husbandry as well as the productivity and nutrient use efficiencies of annual and perennial crops in selected oasis, in order to define key problems in the agrarian productive system related to the location and develop strategies for sustainable development.
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