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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.

Project References
 Title Aquifer Management Services
 Programme DUE (Data User Element)
 Theme Land
 Cost €1,000k
 Type Service Demonstration
 Status Completed (06/09/2004-06/09/2007)
ERS-1/2 : SAR
Landsat 4/5 : TM
Landsat 7 : ETM
Project Description

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.

 Results Project Brochure (1.6Mb Pdf)
Project Consortium
 Prime contractor GAF AG :
 Subcontractors AGRHYMET : AGRHYMET regional centre
CNT : National Center for Remote Sensing - Tunisia
CNTS : National Center for Space Techniques - Algerie
JR - IDIP : JOANNEUM RESEARCH - Institute of Digital Image Processing
JR -WRM : Institute of Water Resources Management
LCRSSS : Libyan Center for Remote Sensing and Space Science
University of Jena : Department of Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing, Jena University
VISTA GmbH : Vista, Geowissenschaftliche Fernerkundung GmbH
User Partnership
 Users ANRH : National Agency of the Hydraulic Resources
FMWR : Federal Ministry of Water Resources Dept of Hydrology and Hydrogeology
GDWR : General Directorate of the Water Resources, Ministry of Agriculture
GWAL : General Water Authority Libya
Min. Env. Niger : Ministry of Hydraulics, Environment and Fight Against Desertification
Min. Mining, Energy and Water - Mali : Ministry of Mining, Energy and Water
OSS : Sahara and Sahel Observatory
Contact Points
 Project Manager Stefan Saradeth, GAF AG
GAF Management Team
Arnulfstr. 197
80634 Munich, Germany
Tel: +49 (0)89 121528 - 0
Fax: +49 (0)89 121528 - 79
 Technical Officer Espen Volden
European Space Agency - ESRIN D/EOP-SEP
Via Galileo Galilei C.P.94
I-00044 Frascati (Roma)
Tel: +39 06-941.80624
Fax: +39 06-941.80552
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