Development of understanding and tools for Water Resource Management in West Africa [C4]

The BRAVE project co-developed tools with end-users in West Africa to improve water resource management (WRM) in the face of climate variability and environmental change.  WRM requires sound scientific understanding of water flows and storage; in BRAVE we are improving understanding through instrumentation of a series of small catchments to monitor all aspects of the water balance. 

BRAVE worked on existing monitored catchments in collaboration with the Institut International d’Ingénierie de l’Eau et de l’Environnement (2iE) and the West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL), at sites where they have established research programmes.

Cost-effective tools are being developed with national water management bodies to optimise the value of groundwater-related data. In particular, BRAVE is working with the Burkina Faso Government Direction des Etudes et de l’Information sur l’Eau (DEIE) to analyse their substantial long-term groundwater time series to help understand environmental change impacts on water resources.

  1. MacDonald, D (2017) “Manage what you measure: Better groundwater monitoring comes to West Africa”, UPGro blog
  2. BRAVE (2017) BRAVE Student – Community Research Exchange, UPGro blog
  3. related from T-GroUP: Foppen et al (2020) Groundwater flow system analysis in the regolith of Dodowa on the Accra Plains, Ghana, Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies
  4. Ascott et al. (2020)  In Situ Observations and Lumped Parameter Model Reconstructions Reveal Intra‐Annual to Multidecadal Variability in Groundwater Levels in Sub‐Saharan Africa, Water Resources Research, Volume 56, Issue 12 December 2020


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