Research Labs

Soil & Hydrology Laboratory

About us:

Soil Hydrology Research (SHR) unit was established in the year 2010. The motivation of the SHR is grounded in the sustainability of natural resources and soil pollution. Our research emphasize on both water security for human use and protection of natural systems. We support minimizing and remediating human impacts on hydrologic ecosystems.

Location: Faculty of Sciences and Technology/ Third Floor (ST218D)

Research areas: 

(1) Sustainability of water resources for urban and agricultural users.

(2) Hydrology, geochemistry and protection of groundwater quality.

(3) Soil remediation.

(4) Establishing pilot decentralized wastewater treatment plants in several areas.

SHR Staff:


MSc Candidate

Former MSC Student

Jawad Hasan Shoqeir, Associate Prof. of Hydrogeology and Natural resources

Samer khalaf , Postdoctoral Researcher

Diyaa Radaidah- MSc/ Research Assistant
Doha Awad- BsC/ Lab Technician

Derar Abu eida- BsC / Field Worker

Hadeel fatafta

Doha Awad

Salam Dodoeen

Hayat Atawneh

Ibrahim Etmizy


Tasnem Jabarie

Amjad Darabee

Mayy Rahaal

Nasser Khatib

Jamela Zahran

Rawan abu asheah

Israa Alassa

Services: The SHR provides the following services:

  • Soil analysis (texture, structure, anions, cations)
  • Soil fertility testing and interpretation
  • Environmental soil testing and interpretation    
  • Regional groundwater resource studies
  • Hydro geological and Hydro geochemical analysis and desk studies
  • Design, project management and supervision of groundwater monitoring wells
  • Aquifer management studies
  • Groundwater risk assessment, Groundwater data handling and management
  • Hydro geological baseline studies for environmental impact assessment (EIA)

Current projects and funds:

  1. The Eastern Mediterranean and Levant paleoclimate-Paleohydrology and extreme floods from the long ICDP Dead Sea core. Funded by the DFG. Duration: 2015 –2020
  2. DUPC2 decentralized wastewater treatment and reused for local sustainable solutions, contributing to conflict reduction. Funded by UNESCO-IHE, duration:2017-2020
  3. Multi- level contextual factors of local water management in West bank and Gaza strip, Funded by PADUCO: Duration 2018-2019.
  4. Engagement of Highly Variable Water Resources in Semi arid Regions Funded by the German Ministry for Education, Science, Research and Technology (BMBF). Duration: phase III: 2015 – 2018.
  5. Long-Term International Environmental Research network, LTIER, is a network of networks that includes hundreds of research sites located in a wide range of ecosystems that help to understand environmental change around the world where they focus on long-term, On-site monitoring.( located in Al ‘Ubeidiya which is a Palestinian town in Bethlehem).


  1. Matano .A, Steen.D, Hassan.J, Alfonso.L Framework to Identify Optimal Configurations of (De)Centralised Wastewater Systems, in Abu Dis, West Bank. EPiC Series in Engineering.2018.
  1. Nasser Al-Khatib, Jawad A.H. Shoqeir, Gül Özerol and Linda Majaj. 2017,  "Governing the reuse of treated wastewater in irrigation: the case study of Jericho, Palestine“. Int. J. Global Environmental Issues, Vol. 16, Nos. 1/2/3, 2017
  2. Eisheh,R.,Shoqier.J.H.,(2017), Reverse Osmosis Mebbrane Chlorine Effects Reduction Using Kinetic Degradation  Fluxion Media.International Journal of Advanced Engineering, Management and Science(ISSN:2454-1311).3(2):050-054.DOI:10.22161/ijaers.
  3. Khalaf, S., Shoqeir, J.H., Scrano, L. et al. Environ Sci Pollut Res (2018).  Photodegradation using TiO2-activated borosilicate tubes Environmental Science and Pollution Research ISSN1614-7499Research ( )
  4. Djukic, I., et al., Early stage litter decomposition across biomes, Sci Total Environ (2018), j.scitotenv.2018.01.012
  5. Khalaf, S., Shoqeir, J.H., Scrano, L., Karaman, R., Sabino A. Bufo (2018) Photodegradation using TiO2-activated borosilicate tubes. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, ISSN 0944-1344
  6. Khalaf, S., Shoqeir, J.H., Lelari, F., Scrano, L., Karaman, R., Sabino A. Bufo (2017) Removal of Diclofenace Sodium from Aqueous Environments Using Heterogeneous Photocatalysis Treatment. Imperial Journal of Interdisciplinary Research (IJIR) 3(9), ISSN: 2454-1362,

Master thesis:

  1. Tasneem “Mohamad Joudi” Al-Jabari -Occurrence and Fate of Olive Mill Wastewater in the Environment: Feasible Treatment Alternative, 2013
  2. Amjad Yaser Al- Darabi- Groundwater Assessment and Protection Zone Plan in Al- Fawwar Wells Field, 2015.
  3. Mayy Mowaffaq Mohammad Rahhal, Assessment of Vulnerability and Risk Mapping atMarsaba – Feshcha Catchment, 2015.
  4. Nasser Nader Al-Khatib, Governing the Reuse of Treated Wastewater in Irrigation: Case Study of Jericho, Palestine, 2017
  5. Jamila Zhran Ibrahim Zhran-Treatment of Olive Mill Wastewater (OMWW) Using Variable Coagulants with super flocculants, 2018
  6. Israa Sulieman Abdullah Alassa-Assessing Ecosystem Responses to Land-Use Changes BySoil Quality Index, Case Study Wadi Nar, 2018
  7. Rawan Nizar Mahmoud Abu Eisheh-Reverse osmosis membrane fouling reduction using Kinetic Degradation Fluxion, 2016


Name of device


EC meter

Electrical conductivity


Separation  based on density

COD incubator

COD test

Flam photometer

Potassium and sodium




Spectrophotometric analysis

Moisture balance

Water content

Multi meter


Orbital shaker

Sample shaking





Oxi meter

Dissolved oxygen


Spectrophotometric analysis



Vortex matrix


Analytical balance


Distillatory water

Distilled water



pH meter


Stirrer hot plate


Vario TOC select


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