Breccia

Multi-model approach to assess water resources availability and variability across Kenya, Ghana and Malawi.

Summary: Assessing water resources availability and variability is the first necessary step to address water and food security in regions relying mostly on rainfall for agriculture and drinking. The objective of this project is to assess water availability and variability in the drylands of Kenya, Ghana, and Malawi.

The overarching research questions are:

  • Which modelling tools, spatial and temporal scale are needed for reliably assessing water availability and variability for water and food security in data scarce regions?
  • How does the spatial and temporal distribution of water resources vary across and within Kenya, Ghana, and Malawi?
  • How does the water availability and variability impact on water and food security and on the ecosystem services?

We rely on a wide series quantitative research methods (e.g., time series analysis, hydrological modelling, and uncertainty analysis) focusing on the hydro-meteorological variables which are key to assess water availability and are proxies for assessing food security (e.g., soil moisture, streamflow, evapotranspiration, and groundwater).

Team:

  • Daniela Anghileri (UoS)
  • Bernard Mingoungou (AGRHYMET)
  • Catherine Tlotlo Kerapetse (WaterNet)
  • Mawuli Dzodzomeyo (UoG)
  • Cosmo Ngongondo (UNIMA)
  • Mathews Tsirizeni (LEAD)
  • Sospeter Wekesa (TUK)
  • Oscar Kambombe (UNIMA)
  • Justin Sheffield (UoS)
  • Luke Olang (TUK)