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AQUIFER

Aquifer Management Services

Development and demonstration of EO-based products and services to support national authorities and international institutions in the management of internationally shared aquifers in Africa.

AQUIFER
Aquifer Management Services
DUE (Data User Element)
Land
€1,000k
Service Demonstration
Completed
ERS-1/2 : SAR
ENVISAT : ASAR
IRS-P6 : AWiFS
Landsat 7 : ETM
ENVISAT : MERIS
SIR-C/X-SAR
Landsat 4/5 : TM

The main objectives of the Aquifer project were:

  • To support the involved national authorities and international institutions with Earth Observation (EO) based technology to better manage internationally shared water resources and aquifers;
  • To strengthen overall and integrated water management practices;
  • To build up an independent service provision capacity to ensure local service delivery after the project cycle to achieve the longer-term goal of service sustainability.

Main products developed and demonstrated were:

  • Vegetation and water monitoring maps at basin-wide level;
  • Rainfall estimates and Evapotranspiration and water balance maps;
  • Land use / land cover maps and their changes;
  • Water abstraction estimation and crop water consumption;
  • Digital Terrain Models and derived products;
  • Subsidence mapping and monitoring.

AQUIFER demonstrated to the Users that despite the fact that groundwater resources are buried more than one kilometre below the surface, observations of the earth surface from space could provide useful information on this resource. National authorities and international institutions in aquifer management were supported though tailored and GIS-compatible demonstration products and services thereby facilitating their uptake in daily work- operation. Based on the successful results of the project an extension and expansion of the AQUIFER project, GEO-AQUIFER, was funded by the African Development Bank.

Project Brochure (1.6Mb Pdf)
TELESPAZIO
University of Jena
SCOT SA
VISTA GmbH
CNTS
LCRSSS
CNT
AGRHYMET
JR -WRM
JR - IDIP
OSS
ANRH
GWAL : General Water Authority Libya
Min. Mining, Energy and Water - Mali : Ministry of Mining, Energy and Water
Min. Env. Niger : Ministry of Hydraulics, Environment and Fight Against Desertification
FMWR : Federal Ministry of Water Resources Dept of Hydrology and Hydrogeology
GDWR
Stefan Saradeth, GAF AG
GAF Management Team
Arnulfstr. 197
80634 Munich, Germany
Tel: +49 (0)89 121528 - 0
Fax: +49 (0)89 121528 - 79
Email: stefan.saradeth@gaf.de
Espen Volden
European Space Agency - ESRIN D/EOP-SEP
Via Galileo Galilei C.P.94
I-00044 Frascati (Roma)
ITALY
Tel: +39 06-941.80624
Fax: +39 06-941.80552
Email: espen.volden@esa.int