Water and Land Resources Assessment for the Eastern Fringes of Assiut District and its Adjacent Areas, Egypt, Using Geoinformation Technologies.

December 31, 2002

Wadi El-Assiuti dry drainage basin is one of the largest valleys in the Eastern Desert of Egypt. It comprises in its downstream part valuable lands for cultivation and is considered as a developmental corridor for the over-populated Assiut Governorate. Groundwater development and utilization have reached alarming rates in Wadi El Assiuti new cultivated lands. The Pleistocene groundwater aquifer is the predominant source of water supply and over 85 boreholes are found in the area. High rates of abstraction and a lack of adequate recharge have caused drastic over consumption and operational difficulties. Proper management strategies are required. This project suggests management strategies in terms of groundwater-surface water conjunctive use and water harvesting plan, which aimed at improving the situation. The priority areas for development were determined by several ground truth (collecting data on boreholes) and GIS techniques. These techniques designated the south western part of the study area as priority areas suitable for the developmental activities.

NARSS Project Members

  • Dr.Ashraf Khaled Helmi
  • Prof. El-Sayed M. Abu El-Ella
  • Dr. Attef Zein El Abedin
  • Res.Ass.Hazem M. Habib

Funding Agencies


Partner Agencies

  • NARSS-Egypt


Division : Engineering Applications and Water Resources
Prof       : Prof.Dr.Hossam Hamdy Elewa Omar