Aouragh, M.H. and Essahlaoui, A. and El Ouali, A. and El Hmaidi, A. and Kamel, S. (2017) Groundwater potential of Middle Atlas plateaus, Morocco, using fuzzy logic approach, GIS and remote sensing. Geomatics, Natural Hazards and Risk, 8 (2). pp. 194-206.

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Groundwater is a most important resource in arid and semi-arid regions and is required for drinking, irrigation and industrialization. Assessing the potential zone of groundwater recharge is extremely crucial for the protection of water quality and the management of groundwater systems. To identify the groundwater potential zone in the study area, thematic layers of lithology, slope, karst degrees, land cover, lineament and drainage density were generated using topographic maps, thematic maps, field data and satellite image, and were prepared, classified, weighted and integrated in a geographic information system (GIS) environment by the means of fuzzy logic. The fuzzy membership values have been assigned to different thematic layers according to their classification on respect for their contribution and their occurrence in groundwater. Based on the generated groundwater potential map, it was found that about 8 of the investigation area was categorized as very high potential for groundwater recharge, 31 as high, 28 as moderate, 17 as low and 16 as very low potential for groundwater recharge. Finally, the results were verified using well-yield data. The highest recharge potential area is located towards the downstream regions related to more fractured and karstified limestone. © 2016 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Computer circuits; Fuzzy logic; Geographic information systems; Groundwater; Groundwater resources; Lithology; Maps; Reconfigurable hardware; Remote sensing; Water quality, Arid and semi-arid regions; Fuzzy logic approach; Fuzzy membership values; Gis and remote sensing; Ground water recharge; Groundwater potentials; Groundwater system; Middle Atlas, Recharging (underground waters)
Subjects: Earth and Planetary Sciences
Divisions: SCIENTIFIC PRODUCTION > Earth and Planetary Sciences
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