More than 50% of Oman's cultivated area is located in the Batinah region. This coastal region is currently suffering from seawater intrusion due to aggressive groundwater withdrawal. The resulting groundwater salinity has led to agricultural productivity decline and economic losses. This study developed a Central Planner Model (CPM) to identify the feasibility of salinity control and agricultural productivity improvements in the region. Comparison of the results of the CPM with the simulated outcomes under business-as-usual practices suggest that central planning and intervention can help reducing salinity, preserving profits, and conserving the agricultural area in the long run. The CPM results are expected to be used as the basis for developing intervention mechanism that promote changes in the current practices and help with sustainability of farming in the Batinah regions of Oman.
|Title of host publication||World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2015: Floods, Droughts, and Ecosystems - Proceedings of the 2015 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress|
|Publisher||American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
|Event||World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2015: Floods, Droughts, and Ecosystems - Austin, United States|
Duration: May 17 2015 → May 21 2015
|Other||World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2015: Floods, Droughts, and Ecosystems|
|Period||5/17/15 → 5/21/15|
- coastal aquifers
- Groundwater management
- seawater intrusion
- smart meters.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Water Science and Technology