Sustaining irrigation water abstraction at the stressed Murzuq basin aquifer system in southwest Libya through mathematical modelling and optimization

Adebayo Adeloye, A. Shaki

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    Abstract

    The Murzuq aquifers system in Libya is solely relied upon for irrigation water supply to many large scale schemes such as the Irawan project. However, with no recharge expected because of the aridity in the basin, the aquifers are vulnerable to over-abstraction and significantly depressed piezometric surface. This paper documents the modelling and optimisation studies carried out on the Murzuq to investigate the long-term impacts of the water withdrawals for irrigating Irawan. The predictions of the mathematical model showed that under current agricultural practices, the piezometric surface of the aquifer will stabilise in the year 2030, with a maximum drawdown of 30 m at the centre of the wells-cluster serving the project. On the other hand, the optimisation results confirm that more water than needed is currently being abstracted; adherence to the pumping regime proposed by this study will enhance the long-term sustainability of the Murzuq. Copyright © 2009 IAHS Press.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationTrends and Sustainability of Groundwater in Highly Stressed Aquifers
    Pages10-15
    Number of pages6
    Edition329
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    EventSymposium HS.2 at the Joint Convention of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences, IAHS and the International Association of Hydrogeologists, IAH - Hyderabad, India
    Duration: 6 Sep 200912 Sep 2009

    Conference

    ConferenceSymposium HS.2 at the Joint Convention of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences, IAHS and the International Association of Hydrogeologists, IAH
    CountryIndia
    CityHyderabad
    Period6/09/0912/09/09

    Keywords

    • Arid
    • Groundwater
    • Irawan project
    • Irrigation water
    • Libya
    • Mathematical modelling
    • Murzuq basin
    • Optimization

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    Adeloye, A., & Shaki, A. (2009). Sustaining irrigation water abstraction at the stressed Murzuq basin aquifer system in southwest Libya through mathematical modelling and optimization. In Trends and Sustainability of Groundwater in Highly Stressed Aquifers (329 ed., pp. 10-15)