A geoelectrical and hydrogeological study for the assessment of groundwater resources in Wadi Al Bih, UAE

A. M. Ebraheem, M. M. Sherif, M. M. Al Mulla, S. F. Akram, A. V. Shetty

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Drilling information, historical water table levels, groundwater salinity records of the existing water wells in Wadi Al Bih area, United Arab Emirates, were stored in a geodatabase and used to characterize the geological and hydrogeological settings of this area. A 2D earth resistivity imaging survey was conducted for the first time in the Northern UAE to determine the potential of the Quaternary aquifer and its groundwater quality in the areas where there are no monitoring wells. The results of the chemical analyses of the collected groundwater samples together with the inversion results of the resistivity data were used to draw a total salinity map and determine the spatial variations in groundwater quality. The inversion results of the 2D earth resistivity imaging data indicated that the Quaternary aquifer in the study area is in a good connection with the underlying carbonate aquifer. It also indicated that the carbonate aquifer is of major regional and vertical extension and it contains the fresh water in this area. The data stored in the developed database were used to produce different types of geopotential maps.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)845-857
Number of pages13
JournalEnvironmental Earth Sciences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012


  • 2D earth resistivity imaging
  • GIS applications in water resources management
  • Seawater intrusion
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Wadi Al Bih

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Soil Science
  • Pollution
  • Geology
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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