The theme "Water Supply & Distribution" is designed to provide the primary physical components of the integrated analysis of the hydrological cycle within the Volta Basin, inclusive of atmospheric, surface and subsurface processes.
It encompasses probability-based analysis of climatic and hydrologic events made possible via Phase II outputs, and a range of activities focused on the surface-soil water-groundwater continuum.
The emphasis within the theme is on the integration of ongoing research activities leading to operational prototypes of water resources forecasting and management tools which will be transferred to research partners within the basin.
The theme includes research on:
• The primary physical components of the integrated analysis of the hydrologic cycle
• Hydrological and climatological data
• All resources and processes related to water (atmosphere, soil, surface, etc.)
Thus, the Water Supply and Distribution theme aims at supporting near-term water management decision making for stakeholders, e.g. economic project planning, agriculture, policy, etc., to allow sustainable water use in the Volta Basin for the future.
With computer-based models like MM5 & WaSiM we aim at:
• Providing and testing forecasts on hydrological conditions (e.g. weather patterns) incorporating environmental change
• Providing water resources management forecasts and –tools for decision makers
Such forecasts can help to estimate the impact of future projects in the region based on our knowledge about water sources and water consumption at different time- and space scales.
Hydrometeorological Modelling (MM5 & WaSiM)
Remote Sensing & Surface Energy Balance
Surface, Soil & Groundwater