Taux d'intrusion d'eau marine estimeé par meéthodes geéophysiques dans une reégion aride: Al Khabourah, Oman

Translated title of the contribution: Rate of seawater intrusion estimated by geophysical methods in an arid area: Al Khabourah, Oman

Osman A E Abdalla, Mubarik Ali, Khalifa Al-Higgi, Hilal Al-Zidi, Issa El-Hussain, Said Al-Hinai

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Seawater intrusion and its spreading rate are the challenging problems in over-pumped coastal aquifers of arid zones like the Batinah region of Oman. The study delineates the saline plume, identifies saline/freshwater zones, and estimates the migration rate of the plume in the Al Khabourah area of the Batinah coast. Time domain electromagnetic surveys, aided by vertical electrical sounding surveys, and seismic refraction methods have defined the locus of the saline/freshwater interface in the area. The current (2007) interface position, when compared with that determined during 2002, indicates a prominent recession in the saline plume and suggests an average annual recession rate of 120 m. This recession may be attributed mainly to the recharging dam of Wadi Al Hawasinah, constructed in 1995, and the enforcement of new water resources legislation. This study reveals the shielding role of the recharging dam to counter advancing saline intrusion.

Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)1437-1445
Number of pages9
JournalHydrogeology Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2010



  • Arid regions
  • Geophysical methods
  • Oman
  • Recharge dam
  • Salinization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Water Science and Technology

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