Water International
Volume 14, Issue 1, 1989, Pages 6-12  

Scenario planning for water resources: a Saudi Arabian case study

De Jong, R.L.Show author details, Yazicigil, H.Show author details, Al-Layla, R.I.Show author details Correspondence address

King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals



Uncommonly rapid development of the oil-rich Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia has led to heavy stresses on the local groundwater resources and there has arisen concern for the adequacy of supply to sustain future growth. Whereas oil is the only significant export commodity, the demand for it has an important and immediate impact on water exploitation activities. In this article four development scenarios are considered, each resulting in a specific water abstraction pattern. The hydrologic consequences of each scenario are evaluated by means of a digital hydraulic groundwater model. -Authors