International Journal of Irrigation and Water Management

International Journal of Irrigation and Water Management ISSN: 2756-3804 Vol. 8 (8), pp. 001-010, August, 2021. © International Scholars Journals

Full Length Research Paper

Use of Stable Isotopes to Determine Evaporation, Transpiration and Efficiency of Irrigation Water Use in Cultivated Areas in Egypt

M.Sadek, K.Hagagg and F. Mohammed

Accepted 03 July, 2021


The largest consumptive use of water resources in Egypt is for agricultural purposes.  The water balance and efficiency of irrigation water use in agricultural fields is greatly affected by loss of water to the atmosphere through evapotranspiration. The present work is devoted to partition evapotranspiration discharge (ET) into evaporation (E) and crop evapotranspiration (ETc) and to explore irrigation water use efficiency and how it is improved by using modern  irrigation techniques in the newly reclaimed zones in Egypt; stable isotopes (Oxygen-18 and Deuterium) as being differently affected by evaporation and transpiration, have been employed for that. The evaporation loss (E) has been determined (5% - 6%) using heavy isotopes enrichment factor of a drying pan, as well as the slope of Oxygen 18 vs Deuterium evaporation trend of collected groundwater samples. The eastern zone of the study area shows a water use efficiency of about 33% where flooding techniques are applied for irrigation using Nile water. In the western zone, groundwater is used for irrigation with spray techniques, the crop transpiration domains, the water loss to atmosphere and water use efficiency is highly improved. The soil infiltration of evaporated return water in the eastern and western zones has been discussed.

Keywords: Stable Isotopes, Evaporation, Transpiration, Water use efficiency, ElMinia.