Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Mohamed Mostafa Mohamed
Dr. Aruna Napayalage
Climate change is impacting ecosystems and the water resources by causing temperature variation. Evapotranspiration rates are increasing when the temperature is high whereas, precipitation amount and intensity are varying based on geographical locations.
This change in precipitation has an inevitable impact on the groundwater recharge. Quantification of groundwater recharge is a prerequisite for efficient and sustainable groundwater resources management in arid regions.
Although, both surface and groundwater resources in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are scarce; the anticipated climate change impacts could make these resources even scarcer. As such, the main aim of this thesis is to assess the potential impacts of future climate change on groundwater recharge in the UAE.
This thesis discusses rainfall characteristics and future recharge projections in the UAE. Simulations of sixteen different climate change models are presented under four distinctive scenarios, related to greenhouse gas concentrations, until 2099.
Results show that the majority of the models present an increase in the projected precipitation rates which causes a concrescence increase in groundwater recharge rates.
Saade, Yuliya Fadlallah, "THE EFFECT OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON GROUNDWATER RECHARGE IN THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES" (2020). Civil and Environmental Theses. 19.