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Southeast of Riyadh, irrigation has clearly increased over time, particularly around the city of Al Kharj. The red circles are fields with center-pivot irrigation systems, drawing water from Saudi Arabia’s aquifers. This irrigation development resulted from the investment of part of Saudi Arabia’s oil revenues in an effort to modernize agriculture.

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Sept. 5, 1972, Landsat 1 (path/row 177/43) — Al Kharj, Saudi Arabia
June 24 and July 3, 1989, Landsat 5 (path/row 165,166/43) — Al Kharj, Saudi Arabia
June 13 and 20, 2002, Landsat 7 (path/row 165,166/43) — Al Kharj, Saudi Arabia
June 3 and 10, 2013, Landsat 8 (path/row 165,166/43) — Al Kharj, Saudi Arabia
June 20 and 27, 2019, Landsat 8 (path/row 165,166/43) — Al Kharj, Saudi Arabia
June 11 and 12, 2022, Landsat 8-9 (path/row 165,166/43) — Al Kharj, Saudi Arabia
June 14 and 15, 2023, Landsat 8-9 (path/row 165,166/43) — Al Kharj, Saudi Arabia

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