Arabian Journal of Geosciences

, Volume 6, Issue 8, pp 2843–2853 | Cite as

Assessment of land degradation east of the Nile Delta, Egypt using remote sensing and GIS techniques

  • E. S. MohamedEmail author
  • A. Belal
  • A. Saleh
Original Paper


Land degradation is one of the most common issues in the eastern part of the Nile Delta area that threatens the ongoing agricultural activities and prohibits further reclamation expansions. The different degradation types and the associated risk assessment of some soils types of western Suez Canal region during the period from 1997 to 2010 is discussed. The assessment of the different degradation degrees in the investigated area has been carried out through integrating remote sensing, GIS and GLASOD approaches. Results revealed that the salinization, alkalization, soil compaction and water logging are the main types of land degradation in the area. The main causative factors of human induced land degradation types are; over irrigation, human intervention in natural drainage, improper time use of heavy machinery and the absence of conservation measurements. Low and moderately clay flats, gypsifferous flats, have high to very high risk in both salinization sodication and physical degradation. Values such as EC, ESP, and ground water level reach 104.0 dS/m, 176  % and 60 cm, respectively. These results will be of great help and be basic sources for the planners and decision makers in sustainable planning. The spatial land degradation model was developed based on integration between remote sensing data, geographic information system, soil characteristics and DEM.


Nile Delta Spatial land degradation model Remote sensing GIS Soil map Degradation risk 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space SciencesCairoEgypt

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