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United Arab Emirates University (2018)

Assessment of Groundwater Quality in the Al Khatim and Remah Area of the United Arab Emirates

Khan, Qasim Raza,

Titre : Assessment of Groundwater Quality in the Al Khatim and Remah Area of the United Arab Emirates

Auteur : Khan, Qasim Raza,

Université de soutenance : United Arab Emirates University

Grade : Master of Science (MS) 2018

Résumé
Groundwater constitutes an important part of the available water resources in arid areas. Knowledge of the quantitative and qualitative status of groundwater is a key aspect in optimal groundwater management. The chemical characteristics of groundwater in two neighboring areas (Remah and Al Khatim) have been used to identify the processes controlling groundwater chemistry in the sand aquifer of Abu Dhabi Emirate, United Arab Emirates. Furthermore, the suitability of the groundwater for agricultural purposes was assessed using a range of indices. Both areas showed elevated levels of nitrate, potassium and cadmium, indicating the impact of agricultural activities. The groundwater was found to be unfit for agricultural purposes as explained by the agricultural indices. Radon causes lung cancer when inhaled or ingested in higher concentration. The radioactive study of Radon-222 showed its concentration below the WHO permissible guidelines. However, considering that groundwater is the only available water source for irrigation, it will continue to be used for agriculture. This study therefore provides valuable technical support for farmers, decision makers and other stakeholders to develop strategies for sustainable groundwater development in the context of food security.

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