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1 Soil Survey of Abu Dhabi and Future Land Use Planning Mahmoud Abdelfattah Soil Scientist Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi 2011 National Cooperative Soil Survey National Conference Asheville, North Carolina May 22-26, 2011 “Soil Survey — Interpreting the Inventory in a Digital World”

2 Highlights Introduction – Abu Dhabi, UAE and GCC Soil Survey of the Coastal area Soil Survey of Abu Dhabi (Phase 1 - Extensive Survey) Soil Survey of Abu Dhabi (Phase 2 - Intensive Survey) Soil Survey of the Northern Emirates Innovations Publications

3 UAE and Abu Dhabi Facts: UAE is a Federation of 7 Emirates (83,000 km 2 ) (a little smaller than NC) Abu Dhabi (86% of the total area) Other Emirates are: Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al Quwain, Ras al Khaima, and Fujairah

4 Soil Survey of Abu Dhabi coastal area, 2002-2004 Scale 1:50.000 Extends for 400km with 7-10km width Total observations 775 sites 13 Soil types identified at family level 122 soil samples analyzed, complete and partial Soil map with a total area of 5.4% of Abu Dhabi Emirate

5 Salt crust at the surface Uplifted soil surface by salt pillars Hexagonal pattern Upturned crust Some features of the Coastline of Abu Dhabi

6 Gypsic Aquisalids Gypsic Haplosalids Typic HaplosalidsLeptic Haplogypsids Typic Aquisalids Typic Petrocalcids Typic Torriorthents Typic Torripsamments Soils identified in the coastal area of Abu Dhabi

7 Full survey for the entire Abu Dhabi Emirate in two phases 2005-2009

8 Objectives 1.To implement a comprehensive Soil Survey on 2 phases: Phase I of scale 1:100 000 – Extensive Survey Phase II of scale 1:25 000 – Intensive Survey 2.Preparation of soil and thematic map with different scale 3.Development of Abu Dhabi Soil Information System (ADSIS) 4.Soil policy guideline for future land use planning 5.Capacity building

9 Geographic distribution – Entire Abu Dhabi Emirate (about the size of SC) Exclusions: offshore Islands, urban, industrial and non-accessible areas, already surveyed coastal area – 55,000 km 2 ) Fourth Order USDA-NRCS specifications modified to fit local conditions Soil taxonomy level – soil family and phases of families Soil map – Great group and soil subgroup level Extensive Survey Protocols

10 Map unit components - soil families and their phases Thematic maps (20) covering aspects like resources, uses and environmental conditions ADSIS - Abu Dhabi Soil Information System (ADSIS) Soil sampling archive and monoliths Extensive Survey Protocols

11 Field Action Plan 22,800 observations (auger holes and sand spear) Typical profiles (pits) (500) depth of exploration (2 meters) Deep drilling (300) depth of 10m Physical parameters: infiltration rate, permeability, penetration resistance, bulk density

12 Complete Analyses – 400 (60 parameters) including Physical, chemical, engineering, mineralogical (XRD), micromorphological (Thin sections), elemental analyses (XRF) Partial Analyses – 900 (4 parameters) Laboratory Analyses Notes (1) all soil analyses were performed in the UAEU lab that is fully equipped for all soil related analyses (2) 5% QA/QC samples were analyzed at USDA and Univ of WA labs

13 Preliminary Working Maps Soil Landscape relationshipTransects  Field Soil Scientists were recruited from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sudan, Egypt  Several of them were influenced by the USA soil survey early in 1980's  The "Soil Management Support Services" (SMSS) was sponsored by USAID (United States Agency for International Development).  USA Soil Scientists, Hari Eswaran, John Witty, Terry Cook and others provided training to them in Soil Taxonomy and soil survey procedures. Unsupervised and supervised clas

14 Sweihan Al Qua’a Liwa Ghayathi Sila Al Fathyia Oct 2006 - Feb 2007 Feb - Mar Mar - Apr Apr - Jun Jun – Sep 2007 Soil Mapping Strategy

15 Deep Drilling – 10m 600 observation sites

16 Fieldwork implementation Typical profile program - Extensive Survey 300 pits - Intensive survey 500 pits

17  Aridisols (14%)  Calcids  Gypsids  Salids Entisols (82%) Psamments Orthents 2 Orders and 5 Suborders Soil Taxonomy – Abu Dhabi Emirate

18 Haplocalcids Petrocalcids Calcigypsids Haplogypsids Petrogypsids Aquisalids Haplosalids Torriorthents Torripsamments 9 Great Groups Soil Taxonomy – Abu Dhabi Emirate 62 Soil Series were identified - extensive

19 Soil Maps  1:500,000 (One A0 sheet – satellite imagery and colored)  1:100,000 (29 A1 sheets – satellite imagery)  1:100,000 (113 A4 sheets – satellite imagery and colored)

20 Suitability for agriculture Salinity in the 0 to 50cm Salinity in the 50-100cm Depth to water table Depth to hardpan Potential of gypsum sources Potential of gravel sources Potential of clay sources Potential of sand sources Potential of carbonate sources Potential of sweet soil sources Potential of anhydrite sources Land degradation Rangeland suitability Wildlife habitat suitability Forestry suitability Landfill (trench) suitability Landfill (area) suitability Extensive survey – thematic maps

21 Suitability for irrigated agriculture Using FAO LE Framework 1976 (S1, S2, S3, N1, and N2 Hardpan, water table, salinity, gypsum, relief, and slope

22 Land Degradation Shows categories of land degradation (none, slight, moderate, high) based on factors limiting plant growth Hardpan, water table, salinity, surface lag, texture, landfill, quarrying

23 Phase 2 Intensive Survey (1:25000) 400,000 ha Almost the size of Buncombe and Madison Counties, NC

24 1. Areas most suitable for irrigated agriculture Phase 2 areas - Selection criteria

25 Phase 2 Areas - Selection criteria 2. Availability of water resources

26 3. Accessibility to roads, cities and infrastructure 4. Strategic issues Phase 2 areas - Selection criteria Based on these criteria, 400000 ha were selected in 4 different locations

27 Intensive survey – selected areas Madinat Zayed 119,000ha Abu Dhabi/Al Ain 150,000ha Sila 29,000ha Ghayathi 103,000ha

28 2 nd Order Soil Survey, USDA Scale 1:25,000 Grid survey: 350m x 350m. 33,000 shovel/auger sites were dug, described & classified Already used areas (i.e., farms, forestry, urban) excluded Deep Drilling (600 for 5m and 100 for 10m) Laboratory analyses (300 complete and 400 partial) PHASE 2 PROTOCOLS

29 Soil Maps – Intensive Survey GhayyathiAs Silaa Madinat Zayed Al Ain

30 Suitability for irrigated agriculture GhayyathiAs Silaa Madinat Zayed Al Ain

31 Other evaluations Surface salinity map (0-50cm) Potential agricultural sources Potential gypsum sources Potential sand soils sources potential carbonate sources potential gravel sources Potential of anhydrite sources Suitability for roadfill Suitability for lawns & landscaping Subsurface salinity (50-100cm) Suitability for wildlife habitat Building site sources Clay sources Topsoil sources Shallow excavations Local roads and streets Sanitary facilities

32 Abu Dhabi Soil Information System (ADSIS) Available online at www.adsis.aewww.adsis.ae

33 Integration between Soil and Water Databases Integration between Soil and Water Databases HydroManager (Web Interface - Presentation) Interpreted Results ADSIS AWRIS ADSIS Web Interface

34 Capacity Building Office and on-the-job training Capacity Building Office and on-the-job training

35 Soil Monoliths - Key Abu Dhabi Soils Soil Samples Archive - (2300 samples) Soil Monoliths - Key Abu Dhabi Soils Soil Samples Archive - (2300 samples)

36 USDA Quality Assurance of Survey Results Checking the adequacy of project results Visit to soil laboratory facility Conducting QA/QC field visits Discussions with relevant staff Recommend/suggest modifications Suggest way forward after project completion

37 Innovations – Anhydrite and Soil Taxonomy Shahid, S. A. M. A. Abdelfattah and Michael A. Wilson. 2007. A unique anhydrite soil in the Coastal Sabkha of Abu Dhabi Emirate United Arab Emirates. Soil Survey Horizons 48(4):75-79 Abdelfattah, M. A., S. A. Shahid and M. A. Wilson. 2008. Characterization of Anhydrite soils discovered in the coastal sabkha of Abu Dhabi Emirate. Joint Annual Meeting of the GSA-ASA-CSSA-SSSA-GCAGS-GCSSEPM, Oct. 5-9, 2008, Houston, Texas, USA. Shahid, S. A, M. Abdelfattah, A. K. El-Saiy and K. A. Mufti. 2009. Commercial value assessment of newly discovered anhydrite soil in the Coastal Lands of Abu Dhabi Emirate. European Journal of Scientific Research, 29 (1): 36-46.

38 Sand spear technology…

39 Soil Survey for the Northern Emirates June 2010- May 2012

40 وزارة البيئة والمياه Scope of Work Total observations – 10,000 9000 auger holes - sand dunes 1000 geoprobe sites - gravel areas Typical profiles to 200 cm depth200 Deep drilling (10 meters)150 Infiltration/permeability 200 Soil analyses (Complete ~ 60 parameters)250 Quality Assurance (USDA) 13 Soil analyses (partial ~ 2-3 parameters)700 Scope of Work Total observations – 10,000 9000 auger holes - sand dunes 1000 geoprobe sites - gravel areas Typical profiles to 200 cm depth200 Deep drilling (10 meters)150 Infiltration/permeability 200 Soil analyses (Complete ~ 60 parameters)250 Quality Assurance (USDA) 13 Soil analyses (partial ~ 2-3 parameters)700

41 Publications - in Progress Keys to Abu Dhabi Soils - in collaboration with the USDA Soil Atlas of Abu Dhabi Soils A2 Size (42 x 59.4cm) for Public

42 THANK YOU Acknowledgment Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) GRM International, Australia United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)


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