Drylands zones are limited by soil moisture, the result of low rainfall and high evaporation, and show a gradient of increasing primary productivity, ranging from hyper-arid, arid, and semiarid to dry subhumid areas. 

(Milennium ecossystem, 2005).


 The proposed International Network on Limnology of Drylands is to be a network engaged in promoting the construction of macro-scale projects designed to obtain an understanding of the functioning and conservation patterns of aquatic ecosystems in international dry regions through the multidisciplinary integration of research, research groups and researchers of such regions. 

Who we are?

 Members are researchers associated to the network and committed to its development and to scientific research associated to the network. The role of the members embraces participation in, and co-management of local experiments and research activities that lie within the sphere of INLD objectives, committing themselves to input the data they generate to the network database and to involve themselves in projects and the joint production of manuscripts with other network members.  


Our objective is promote the large scale, multidisciplinary projects shaped around international collaboration and the conservation of the temporary habitats across the world.


Advances in limnological research in Earth's drylands, the main role of INLD


Transforming our world: the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development

The SIL Working groups


The INLD was discussed for the first time during the Symposium of Brazilian Semiarid Limnology, held in Areia (Paraíba state, Brazil) in 2016.

Next meetings:

- Special Session in Shallow lakes Conference: Ecology of temporary ecosystems


-SIL Congress: http://sil2020.org/

The SIL Working Group Limnology of Drylands was discussed for the first time during the I Symposium of Brazilian Semiarid Limnology, held in Areia (Paraíba state, Brazil) in 2016, by the initiative of Prof. Luciana G Barbosa. The aim of this proposal is to encourage cooperation among multidisciplinary researchers interested in investigating environmental issues in aquatic ecosystems of the world's drylands. Among the main perspectives, the effects of the climate change and human stressors.

See: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/20442041.2020.1728179


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Polda rock, Australia (Photo: Luciana G. Barbosa)