SMART: Sustainable Management
of Scarce Resources
in the Coastal Zone

D06.1: DRAFT Case Study Report: Abu Qir Bay, Egypt

    Author: Prof. M. El-Raey

2. The Rosetta Study Area

The study area includes a variety of environmental habitats: Abu Qir Bay, Lake Edku, Rosetta branch of the River Nile and the adjacent agricultural, industrial, urban and coastal area. Abu Qir Bay is a shallow semicircular basin, with a total area of about 400 km2. Abu Qir Bay is located east of Alexandria with average depth about 16 m. At the eastern side of Abu Qir Bay is the Rosetta branch of the River Nile. The eastern boundary of our study area is taken as the western side of Lake Burullus, while the southern boundary is taken as Mahmoudia Canal. Lake Edku is a coastal lagoon covers an area of about 126 km2 with a mean depth of 1 m located to the south of the bay and connected with it through Maadia outlet which is about 3m in depth, 100m wide and 200m in length. Midway between Abu Qir residential area and Maadia outlet the outfall of El Tabia Pumping station is located. Figure (1) shows a satellite image of the Abu Qir Bay, Lake Edku and Rosetta branch estuary.


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