The scientists of the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi started an interesting project in the Western Region by conducting experiments on a natural preserve of palms near Madinat Zayed.
In particular the main goal is to research the amount of water consumed by palm trees to promote resource conservation and prepare guidelines for farmers.
The project manager, Wafaa Al Yamani, said the project was timed to coincide with the Liwa Festival to pay attention to the over-watering of palm trees.
Moreover she said that the project research is going to monitor the rates of use of irrigation water with smart water meters, which in turn will provide the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi and wildlife management agencies with information on the amount of water used by palm trees.
At the end, it will be possible to establish the amount of water needed by palm trees hourly and at varying temperatures. Scientists will also test soil salinity levels and water balance.
The research model conducted on palm trees will also be used to study other native plants in the region.
The scientists will also pay special attention to the different outcomes among palm trees receiving desalinated water and those given natural groundwater. This project will also closely monitor underground water used to irrigate the forest as well as treated sewage water used.
By noting the amount of water that the natural preserve consumes, scientists will be able to achieve their goal of reducing water consumption by 80 per cent by 2030.