Groundwater information for Africa: The Chronicles Consortium – finding and making long term groundwater records available [K5]

The Chronicles Consortium – part-funded by UPGro – has collated long-term groundwater records from across Africa. This is allowing an assessment of the impacts of groundwater use, climate variability, and climate and land use change on groundwater storage. This data…

AMCOW Pan African Groundwater Program (APAGroP): A new pan-African initiative promises to open peer-to-peer learning between national governments and increase groundwater data sharing and research collaboration [K4]

UPGro and its partners have played a key role in raising the profile of groundwater among high-level policy-makers in Africa. The UPGro Programme, along with other African and International groundwater partners, supported the AMCOW Pan-African Groundwater Programme (APAGroP) under its…

Groundwater information for Africa: the Africa Groundwater Atlas – the main online information portal for groundwater for all African countries [K3]

Groundwater has a critical role to play in securing safe water supplies, economic growth and food security in Africa. Groundwater is widespread on the continent, generally of high natural quality, and more resilient to climate variability than surface water. It…

Pan-UPGro workshop (2017) led to the completion of an unprecedented analysis of multi-decadal, groundwater-level records from 9 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa [C3]

The analysis was informed by the first-ever collation of long-term groundwater-level records across an aridity from hyper-arid to humid in Sub-Saharan Africa and an UPGro-wide, capacity-strengthening and knowledge co-production workshop held in 2017 in Tanzania involving Early Career researchers and…

UPGro Science: No substantial decline in the volume of water stored in the major aquifer basins over the last 15 years, but there are major localised risk areas [S6]

At the scale of the African continent, UPGro research has shown that there has been no substantial decline in the volume of water stored in the major aquifer basins over the last 15 years. However, local contexts do differ, and in some African cities, groundwater levels have fallen.

UPGro Science: understanding of African/Tropical recharge processes has been improved. Climate change may enhance groundwater recharge in arid and semi-arid areas, presenting opportunities for long-term management as part of national climate adaptation strategies [S4]

UPGro researchers found that in wetter areas recharge happens every year, but in dryland areas substantial recharge less regularly, often just once or twice a decade.