The review of aquifer properties data from Africa was conducted as part
of this one year DFID-funded research programme, aimed at improving
understanding of the impacts of climate change on groundwater resources
and local livelihoods. The review was one of a series of components
within the project, which was used to strengthen the evidence base
between climate change and aquifer resilience.
Data collated within the review were used to attribute an aquifer
properties map of Africa. In total, 280 sets of aquifer properties data
in Africa have been identified from 145 published and grey literature
reports. This report is a progress report for the project partners and
steering group to help discussion. The report describes the criteria
used to identify and systematically review the studies. An initial
analysis of the data is also provided in this report.
The relatively few studies identified by the review reflect the paucity
of hydrogeological data within Africa. Quantitative aquifer properties
data – transmissivity (T) and storage (S) data – are scarce within
Africa, and as a result, this review compiled borehole yield data and
qualitative review studies, as well as actual aquifer properties data.
Bonsor, H. C.; MacDonald, A. M. Groundwater and climate change in Africa: review of aquifer properties data. British Geological Survey, Nottingham, UK (2010) 24 pp. [British Geological Survey, Internal Report, IR/10/076]
Groundwater and climate change in Africa: review of aquifer properties data.