Introduction to Water Resources of the United Arab Emirates

  • Abdulrahman S. Alsharhan
  • Zeinelabidin E. Rizk
Part of the World Water Resources book series (WWR, volume 3)


This chapter summarizes the book ten parts. Part one provides an overview of global water resources. Part two discusses the impact geomorphology on surface water resources and influence of geology on groundwater. Part three describes the main features of the UAE climate and illustrates the impacts of global warming and climate change on water resources. Part four presents the results of investigating seasonal floods, springs, aflaj systems and groundwater resources. Part five discusses desalinated water and treated wastewater. Part six identifies the challenges facing water resources and investigates groundwater pollution. Part seven deals with water conservation, water harvesting techniques and the positive impacts of application of modern irrigation technologies on water resources conservation. Part eight describes the use of remote sensing, GIS, isotope hydrology and modeling techniques in water resources investigations. Part nine analyzes water governance and provides recommendations for improving integrated water resources management. Part ten summarizes water resources and water demands, and efforts of maximizing resources and managing demands. The volume ends by the conclusions, covering all the themes of this book.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Abdulrahman S. Alsharhan
    • 1
  • Zeinelabidin E. Rizk
    • 2
  1. 1.Middle East Geological and Environmental EstablishmentDubaiUnited Arab Emirates
  2. 2.University of Science and Technology of FujairahFujairahUnited Arab Emirates

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