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News Spatial hydrological analysis for water harvesting potential using ArcGIS model: the case of the north-eastern desert, Jordan

Jordan is located in an arid to semi-arid zone where water resources are limited. The threat of water shortages is already a reality and Jordan is struggling to face the scarcity of water. The north-eastern Badia semi-desert (zone) of the Kingdom is a large area with a small population. Constructing a dam can boost the local economy by supplying the water necessary for a community to meet its irrigation needs and develop the study area. In this study, ArcGIS software using a digital elevation model (DEM) map was utilized to determine possible sites where rainwater can be collected in north-eastern Badia. Possible watersheds were delineated using drainage networks. Seven sub-watersheds were characterized hydrologically by developing unit hydrographs, and water volume capacity was computed. Moreover, possible sites for earthen dams or tanks for water harvesting systems were investigated in different areas of Jordan. Rainwater harvesting could make water available during dry periods and its capture can also reduce soil erosion from runoff during wet periods.

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Water Policy

Volume 14 Number 3

Official Journal of the World Water Council

Contents

Water Policy

Official Journal of the World Water Council

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Contents

The double tragedy of irrigation systems in Tamil Nadu, India: assessment of the replacement of traditional systems by private wells
Kei Kajisa.......... 371–390
Measuring the performance of water service providers in urban India: implications for managing water utilities
Shreekant Gupta, Surender Kumar and Gopal K. Sarangi.......... 391–408
Cost of providing sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services: an initial assessment of a life-cycle cost approach (LCCA) in rural Andhra Pradesh, India
V. Ratna Reddy and Charles Batchelor.......... 409–429
Growing more food with less water: how can revitalizing Asia's irrigation help?
Aditi Mukherji, Thierry Facon, Charlotte de Fraiture, David Molden and Colin Chartres.......... 430–446
The process of innovation during transition to a water saving society in China
Chun Xia and Claudia Pahl-Wostl.......... 447–469
The Polluter Pays Principle as a policy tool in an externality model for nitrogen fertilizer pollution
Yaron Fishman, Nir Becker and Mordechai Shechter.......... 470–489
Economic valuation of benefits and costs associated with the coordinated development and management of the Zambezi river basin
A. Tilmant, W. Kinzelbach, D. Juizo, L. Beevers, D. Senn and C. Casarotto.......... 490–508
Quality and year-round availability of water delivered by improved water points in rural Tanzania: effects on coverage
Alejandro Jiménez Fernández de Palencia and A. Pérez-Foguet.......... 509–523
Spatial hydrological analysis for water harvesting potential using ArcGIS model: the case of the north-eastern desert, Jordan
Nidal Hadadin, Sari Shawash, Zeyad Tarawneh, Qais Banihani and Moshrik R. Hamdi.......... 524–538
The costs of drought: the 2007/2008 case of Barcelona
Julia Martin-Ortega, Mikel González-Eguino and Anil Markandya.......... 539–560

Contact information Nidal Hadadina, Sari Shawashb, Zeyad Tarawneha, Qais Banihanic and Moshrik R. Hamdid aDepartment of Civil Engineering, The Hashemite University, P.O. Box:150459, Zarqa 13115, Jordan *Corresponding author: E-mail: nhadadin@hu.edu.jo bDepartment of Agriculture Science, University of Jordan, Amman 11942, Jordan cDepartment of Civil Engineering, University of Jordan, Amman 11942, Jordan dInstitute of Agricultural Research, Training, Extension and Education, University of Jordan, Amman 11942, Jordan (email: nhadadin@hu.edu.jo)
News type Inbrief
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Source of information IWA Publishing
Keyword(s) Spatial hydrological analysis, water harvesting, GIS, Flow discharge; Harvesting; Unit hydrograph; Watershed models
Subject(s) HYDRAULICS - HYDROLOGY , INFORMATION - COMPUTER SCIENCES , MEASUREMENTS AND INSTRUMENTATION , METHTODOLOGY - STATISTICS - DECISION AID , NATURAL MEDIUM , POLICY-WATER POLICY AND WATER MANAGEMENT , WATER DEMAND
Relation http://www.emwis.net/countries/fol749974/country045975
Geographical coverage Jordan
News date 22/03/2012
Working language(s) ENGLISH
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