Selection and Characterization Of the Badia Benchmark research site
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Feras M. Ziadat, Theib Oweis, Safa Mazahreh, Adriana Bruggeman, Nasri Haddad, Emad Al-Karablieh, Bogachan Benli, Mahfouz Abu-Zanat, Jawad Al-Bakri, Akhtar Ali, Khalid Al Zubaidi. (31/12/2011). Selection and Characterization Of the Badia Benchmark research site, in "Rehabilitation and integrated management of dry rangelands environments with water harvesting. Community-based optimization of the management of scarce water resources in agriculture in Central and West Asia and North Africa Report no. 9". Aleppo, Syria: International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA).
How suitable an area is for WH depends on local society, farming practices, and whether the area meets the basic technical requirements of the WH system in question. When planning such systems, appropriate data must be available on the climate, soil, crops, topography, and socioeconomics of the project area. The available tools and methods of data acquisition for planning, designing, and implementing WH systems, include field visits, site inspections, topographic and thematic maps, aerial photos, satellite images, and geographic information systems (GIS) must also be considered.