Special Issue: Agricultural Water Management in Arid and Semi-arid Regions


Special Issue: Agricultural Water Management in Arid and Semi-arid Regions

Water resources management is a highly important field of research. Such area of research and development becomes vitally important in arid and semi-arid regions where water scarcity could be at an alarming level. This special issue on agricultural water management invites original articles, review research articles, and short communications to address any of the following subjects:

  • Optimization of water use in agricultural systems
  • Water resources management at urban recreational and parks settings
  • Municipal wastewater treatment and reuse for farms irrigation and landscaping
  • Groundwater resources management under extreme desert conditions
  • Conjunctive water resources management (conjunctive use of water relates to the combined use of ground and surface water)
  • Water resources management for protected agricultural systems (hydroponics, aquaponics, and aeroponics systems)
  • Coastal areas groundwater salinity and intrusions management
  • Environmental challenges and promising solutions of seawater desalination
  • Ecological footprint and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of agricultural water projects
  • Water and energy conservation for food processing plants
  • Artificial intelligence for agricultural water management
  • Climate change impact on agricultural water management
  • Agricultural water economics and pricing systems
  • Innovation in agricultural water harvesting technologies
  • Exploitation and protection of agricultural water resources in arid and semi-arid regions

Key Words:

  • Surface water
  • Groundwater
  • Municipal water
  • Arid and semi-arid regions
  • Desert
  • Coastal areas
  • Seawater
  • Salinity
  • Agriculture
  • Pricing system
  • Artificial intelligence

Deadline for Submission: March, 30, 2022 (CLOSED), Issue Published here: https://www.ejfa.me/index.php/journal/issue/view/166 

Special Issue Guest editors

Guest Editor: Professor Munjed Maraqa

Dr. Maraqa holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Jordan, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Michigan State University (MSU). During 1995-1997, he worked as a senior instructor at MSU. In 1997, he joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the UAE University. Dr. Maraqa specializes in environmental system modeling with an emphasis on solute transport in porous media. He also maintains a secondary interest in improving engineering education. He has published 9 book chapters, 49 journal papers, and 55 conference papers. Dr. Maraqa is affiliated with the National Water and Energy Center at the UAE University. He is the coordinator of the water resources graduate program at the UAE University. In 2008, he served as an advisor to Al Ain City Municipality for the development and implementation of an EHS Management System for the Building and Construction Sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. He has also participated in several consultancy projects and served on many committees within and outside the UAE University. Dr. Maraqa is on the editorial board of Coastal and Offshore Science and Engineering, and a guest editor of a special issue in Sustainability.

Guest Editor: Associate Professor Eihab Fathelrahman

Dr. Eihab Fathelrahman is an associate professor at the Department of Integrated Agriculture, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, United Arab Emirates University. Currently, Dr. Eihab research focuses on the economics of animals' biosecurity, food security, precision agriculture in arid land conditions, water resource management, and climate change adaptations on the UAE, animals fisheries sector biosecurity, and return to investment in R&D and innovation. Before joining UAEU, Dr. Fathelrahman worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) at both the Agricultural Research Services (ARS) and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS), Colorado State University (CSU), Washington State University (WSU) and the U.S. Department of Energy Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington operated by Battelle. He also actively participated in the World Bank initiatives on the economics of climate change adaptations in West Africa and the World Bank Initiative on climate Change Global Track of cost and benefits of climate change adaptations. He published over fifty articles and books chapters and applied risk management textbooks and software for agriculture, and agriculture and food sustainability and trade. He is currently teaching courses including agricultural economic development, sustainability, environmental economics, food sustainability and health, marketing management, food and agricultural trade, and agricultural and food sustainability for the college Ph.D. program

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