Soil salinity and properties mapping using remote sensing, geographical information system and field validation - Case study of Bahrain and United Arab Emirates

Thematic Areas: 
Assessment of natural resources in marginal environments
Problem Overview: 
Soil salinity is seen as a major threat to the land resources of the GCC countries. Methods are available to either slow down or reverse this process completely. In order to achieve this, it is essential to scientifically diagnose the problem to prepare cost-effective salinity alleviation measures. Without adequate information, mitigation measures cannot be applied. This project therefore relates to salinity diagnostics using conventional and modern methods (remote sensing) using spectroscopy measurements of saline landscapes in Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.
Purpose: 
Map soil properties and salinity in Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates for sustainable use of soil resources. Extrapolate results to other GCC countries and publish soil salinity map of the GCC countries.
Partners: 
Arabian Gulf University Bahrain
Timeline: 
January, 2015 - January, 2017
Geographical Scope: 
Bahrain and United Arab Emirates