Dokan Dam, Iraq and the River Tigris at Baghdad

Summary of research activities - Nadhir Al-Ansari

My interests over the years have focused on sedimentation engineering and water resources engineering. I have plenty of work on erosion and sedimentation in rivers and reservoirs both in arid and humid environments. Most of my work is also closely related to environmental issues. I was one of the pioneers in this field in the Middle East. In addition, much of my work has an important applied perspective, such that it has made an important contribution to water resource development and river basin management especially in both Jordan and previously Iraq.

The Mesopotamian Marshes A. 1985 B. 2000 C.2002 D. 2004 (Celeste Dempster,2007)

Recently, I am trying to tackle important human and environmental issues in Iraq as a case example which can be implemented in other countries. One of these issues is the possibilities of developing the marsh area in Iraq (referred to as the Garden of Eden). This problem had affected more than one million people and has serious international environmental implications. Another problem of international nature is the effect of the Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP) in Turkey on water resources of Iraq. The ultimate goal of the project is to develop prudent management strategy for water resources in Iraq. Other research activities include the application of water harvesting techniques using advance models and future implications. Sedimentation in reservoirs as well as the development of river morphology remains to play an important role in my research projects. Sediment characteristics and its effect on foundation engineering and its interrelationship with ground water effect is another ongoing project.

From environmental perspective in my research work, there are to projects. The first is how to find the best possible dumping cites for hazardous waste and the design of appropriate land fill. The effect of mining operations on dust development is another ongoing project.