Journal of the Geological Society of India

, Volume 87, Issue 2, pp 179–193 | Cite as

Long-term trend analysis of water table using ‘MAKESENS’ model and sustainability of groundwater resources in drought prone Barind area, NW Bangladesh

  • ATM Sakiur Rahman
  • Md. Kamruzzama
  • Chowdhury Sarwar JahanEmail author
  • Quamrul Hasan Mazumder
Research Articles


In Bangladesh, agriculture plays a major role in the national economy. In the drought prone Barind area in NW Bangladesh, cropping intensity has increased almost double since late eighties of last century (from 1985) because of the introduction of groundwater irrigation. Long-term behavior of groundwater table (GWT) in the drought prone Barind area has been studied using MAKESENS model in the wake of massive installation of tube-wells. The study reveals that the maximum and minimum depths to GWT during 1991-2010 show on average declining trend of 4.51 m and 4.73 m. The long-term prediction for the period of 2020-50 assuming the current rate of groundwater withdrawal is that the declining trend will be 1.16 to 1.59 and 1.07 to 1.82 times more for maximum and minimum groundwater depths respectively in comparison to the present. The rigorous exploitation of groundwater for irrigation, decreasing rainfall and surface geological attributes lead towards declining trend of GWT. This will hamper the country’s food security and ultimately threaten its socio-economic sustainability. So the appropriate strategies for the management of groundwater resource on a sustainable basis should be the priority for maintaining agricultural productivity.


Groundwater level MAKESENS model Resource Sustainability Bangladesh 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • ATM Sakiur Rahman
    • 1
  • Md. Kamruzzama
    • 2
  • Chowdhury Sarwar Jahan
    • 3
    Email author
  • Quamrul Hasan Mazumder
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Environmental ScienceUniversity of RajshahiRajshahiBangladesh
  2. 2.Institute of Bangladesh StudiesUniversity of RajshahiRajshahiBangladesh
  3. 3.Department of Geology & MiningUniversity of RajshahiRajshahiBangladesh

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