Effective management of groundwater for irrigation of crops is a critical area of focus for Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD).
EAD engaged Maven to manage two research projects to monitor sap flow in date palms and common forest plants. Maven has been working with Scientists from Plant and Food Research (PFR) to establish field experiments to monitor and measure the amount of water use. This includes the design and build of specific Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR) equipment to enable data gathering and the subsequent modelling of data to predict water use. This experiment also includes the measurement and impact of the use of Treated Sewage Effluent (TSE) in the irrigation of forestry.
This project has also formed the basis for a doctoral study at Massey University for EAD staff member Ahmed Almuaini.