The central planner's solution for seawater intrusion in the batinah region of Oman

Slim Zekri, Mohammad Reza Bazargan-Lari, Kaveh Madani

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorld Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2015: Floods, Droughts, and Ecosystems - Proceedings of the 2015 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages1952-1961
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780784479162
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventWorld Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2015: Floods, Droughts, and Ecosystems - Austin, United States
Duration: May 17 2015May 21 2015

Other

OtherWorld Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2015: Floods, Droughts, and Ecosystems
CountryUnited States
CityAustin
Period5/17/155/21/15

Keywords

  • coastal aquifers
  • Groundwater management
  • optimization
  • seawater intrusion
  • smart meters.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology

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    Zekri, S., Bazargan-Lari, M. R., & Madani, K. (2015). The central planner's solution for seawater intrusion in the batinah region of Oman. In World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2015: Floods, Droughts, and Ecosystems - Proceedings of the 2015 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress (pp. 1952-1961). American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). https://doi.org/10.1061/9780784479162.191