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Download digital country hydrogeology maps of Africa: new content in the Africa Groundwater Atlas

From 23–27 September 2019, UPGro and the British Geological Survey (BGS) are at the IAH 2019 Congress in Malaga, Spain, to announce new content in the Africa Groundwater Atlas, including the release of digital, GIS-enabled national scale hydrogeology maps for 38 African countries. At the IAH Congress we are hosting a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon event, which will help create more web content on African hydrogeology, to make information on groundwater in Africa more visible and accessible.

The online, open access Africa Groundwater Atlas was launched in 2016. It brings together groundwater

Country scale hydrogeology maps currently available to download from the Africa Groundwater Atlas, showing a combination of aquifer type and aquifer productivity

information from many sources and provides a consistent overview of groundwater resources at a country scale for 51 countries in Africa. It is widely used by hydrogeologists, water supply practitioners, policy makers and others across Africa and beyond.

The Atlas has been updated and enhanced with new content since 2016, including:

  • Digital, GIS-enabled country hydrogeology maps for 38 countries in Africa, freely available to download (maps for the remaining countries will be available soon)
  • French language versions of many Atlas pages, including 19 francophone country pages
  • Case studies providing practical examples of groundwater management interventions at different scales and in different hydrogeological and socio-political environments
  • Over 2000 new entries to the Africa Groundwater Literature Archive. In total the Archive now holds nearly 9000 documents on groundwater in Africa, of which nearly 4000 are fully or partially available digitally, and over 2000 can be searched spatially by interactive map

The successful, sustainable development of groundwater resources is critical to future safe water supplies in Africa, and has a key role in future economic and social development and food security. Doing this depends on a good understanding of groundwater and hydrogeology. But all too often, high quality information about groundwater in Africa – even where it exists – is hard to find. The Africa Groundwater Atlas is helping increase awareness and availability of information about groundwater in Africa.

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Find out more  Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at IAH Congress

http://www.bgs. Africa Groundwater Atlas Upgro British Geological Survey (BGS) Congress website

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