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Regional Groundwater Mapping: A strategic tool for climate change adaptation

Regional Groundwater Mapping: A strategic tool for climate change adaptation

Climate change poses an immediate threat to water resources worldwide. Increased variability in precipitation, surface water and soil moisture also have a direct impact on the water supply to groundwater reservoirs. At the same time, indirect climate change impacts such as the intensification of human activities and land use changes increase the demand for groundwater. The strategic role of groundwater for global water and food security in a changing climate is becoming more and more important.

Regional groundwater mapping

To provide images which help with water resources management on a level where little information is available, IGRAC and Acacia Water work together on an integrated approach for regional groundwater mapping. Mapping out the biophysical, hydrological, geological and metrological characteristics on regional basis helps defining the places with the highest potential for measures which use the underground as a buffer for storage of fresh water.

Experience with implementation for Merti Aquifer in Kenya and Somalia

Acacia Water and IGRAC implemented the methodology for the transboundary Merti aquifer shared between Kenya and Somalia, within the framework of the IGAD MAR project

Contact IGRAC for more information about regional groundwater mapping services: info@un-igrac.org.

Regional Groundwater Mapping: A strategic tool for climate change adaptation