Building understanding of climate variability into planning of groundwater supplies from low storage aquifers in Africa (BRAVE)

Funder:
UPGro, the UK’s Department for International Development, Natural Environment Research Council, and the Economic and Social Research Council
Project Team:
University of Reading: Dr Rosalind Cornforth (PI), Assistant Professor Henny Osbahr, Dr Emily Black, Professor Anne Verhoef British Geological Survey: David Macdonald (co-PI), Jonathan Mackay, James Sorensen, Dr Chris Jackson Lorna Young Foundation: Cristina Talens Water Research Institute (CSIR): Dr William Agyekum Ouagadougou University: Dr Jean Pierre Sandwidi
Partners:
-
Timescales:
2015-2019
Country / Region:
Burkina Faso, , Ghana
Key Contact:
Dr Rosalind Cornforth (PI), David Macdonald (co-PI)
Keywords:
Groundwater, aquifers, water, development, climate
Topic:
Water,Social Wellbeing
Status:
Current
water
climate
groundwater
aquifers
development

In partnership with national and local government, NGOs and researchers, the BRAVE project is incorporating a new understanding of climate variability and observational capacity and its water resource impacts into the planning and operation of groundwater supplies in the Volta River Basin.

As a result of improved understanding of how water moves through catchments representative of the Volta River Basin, combined with output from state-of-the-art climate, land surface and groundwater models, new scientific knowledge will allow appropriate tools to be developed for planning at a range of scales: basin-scale long-term regional planning of aquifer-based water supplies for domestic and productive uses; local-scale long-term and seasonal community management of groundwater supplies; and provision of information that allows timely emergency planning in the light developing drought conditions.

The BRAVE project is providing an essential ingredient for evidence-based mitigation and adaptation policies in sub-Saharan Africa. Through working directly with stakeholders through face-to-face meetings and the planned workshops in each country, we aim to develop water demand scenarios to inform the modelling, based on current domestic, agricultural and productive use needs, set within the context of the contemporaneous impacts on, for example, groundwater-based irrigation schemes in the River Volta Basin.

See more at BRAVE Upgro's website.

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