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Over exploitation of groundwater in the centre of Amman Zarqa Basin-Jordan: evaluation of well data and GRACE satellite observations

Al-Zyoud, S., Ruhaak, W., Forootan, Ehsan ORCID: and Saas, I. 2015. Over exploitation of groundwater in the centre of Amman Zarqa Basin-Jordan: evaluation of well data and GRACE satellite observations. Resources 4 , pp. 819-830. 10.3390/resources4040819

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Jordan faces a sincere water crisis. Groundwater is the major water resource in Jordan and most of the ground water systems are already exploited beyond their estimated safe yield. The Amman Zarqa Basin is one of the most important groundwater systems in Jordan, which supplies the three largest cities in Jordan with drinking and irrigation water. Based on new data the groundwater drawdown in the Amman Zarqa Basin is studied. This basin is the most used drainage area in Jordan. Groundwater drawdown in eight central representative monitoring wells is outlined. Based on almost continuous data for the last 15 years (2000–2015) an average drawdown for the whole basin in the order of 1.1 m·a−1 is calculated. This result is in accordance with results of previous studies in other areas in Jordan and shows that, until now, no sustainable water management is applied. Groundwater management in such a basin presents a challenge for water managers and experts. The applicability of satellite data for estimating large-scale groundwater over exploitation, such as gravity products of the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) mission, along with supplementary data, is discussed. Although the size of the basin is below the minimum resolution of GRACE, the data generally support the measured drawdown.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Earth and Environmental Sciences
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GC Oceanography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Publisher: MDPI Publishing
ISSN: 2079-9276
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 19 July 2016
Date of Acceptance: 2 November 2015
Last Modified: 02 May 2023 15:52

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