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Research Activities and Interests

WESI research activities and interests focus on Palestinian water resources and ‎environmental systems.Such activities and interests include, but are not limited ‎to, the following:‎



  • Assessment of groundwater vulnerability to contamination.‎
  • GIS-based statistical analysis of the quality and quantity of groundwater.‎
  • Modeling and management of saltwater intrusion.‎
  • Artificial groundwater recharge.‎
  • Vulnerability, risk and hazards mapping.‎
  • Groundwater flow and pollution modeling and simulations.‎


Surface Water:

  • Hydrological modeling for dry catchments. ‎
  • Rainfall analysis.‎
  • Rainfall variation and climate change.‎
  • Surface and groundwater interaction.‎
  • Rainwater harvesting suitability mapping for domestic and agricultural uses.‎
  • Storm water management.‎
  • Flood hazard mapping.‎
  • Water Resources Management
  • Water resources development, planning and management.‎
  • Water needs/demand studies.‎
  • Socio-economic, tariff and financial studies.‎
  • Water poverty mapping.‎
  • Integrated water resources management.‎
  • Decision Support Systems.‎
  • Watershed analysis and management.‎
  • The study of unaccounted for-water.‎
  • Optimal management of groundwater pumping using optimization techniques.‎
  • Management of nitrate contamination.‎

Wastewater and Sanitation:

  • Wastewater treatment.‎
  • Public acceptance of wastewater management plants and processes.‎
  • Wastewater reuse in agricultural irrigation.‎
  • Impact of agricultural use of wastewater on soil.‎
  • Environmental protection and remediation.‎
  • Environmental and social impact assessment.‎


Solid Waste Management:

  • Solid waste and landfills.‎
  • Urban environmental management of solid waste.‎
  • Health and environmental impacts of solid waste.‎
  • Social assessment and public participation in municipal solid waste ‎management.‎
  • Municipal solid waste management.‎
  • Landfill leachate treatment.‎


Industrial and Toxic Waste:

  • Special handling and disposal of hazardous waste, including healthcare and ‎industrial hazardous waste.‎
  • Toxic waste treatment.‎
  • Medical waste management.‎
  • On-site industrial waste monitoring.‎
  • Waste minimization, pollution prevention, and disposal alternatives.‎


Air Pollution:

  • Air quality monitoring and control.‎
  • Air pollution and health.‎
  • Air pollution monitoring and environmental consequences.