Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Mohsen Sherif

Second Advisor

Warren W. Wood

Third Advisor

Dr. Abdel-Mohsen Onsy Mohamed


The UAE has achieved remarkable progress in transformation from separated small emirates to a modem union country with a high standard of living. The country is however, considered an extreme arid region. In spite of these harsh conditions, The UAE government has encouraged plantation in towns, villages and country side. This has led to sharp increase in the agricultural sector particularly during the last three decades. As the irrigated land kept increasing, there was a deep concern about the water demand and the impact of agriculture activities on groundwater systems. Al-Khatim area is considered one of the most

important agricultural areas in Abu-Dhabi emirate with 1300 farms covering an area of 2405 ha that has been affected by the decline in groundwater levels over the last years. Additionally the groundwater salinity has increased to 33 ,000 IlS /cm in some places .....