This website provides real-time streamflow forecasts for several pilot basins in Africa and their main sub-watersheds including Mara Basin in Kenya, Tekeze Basin in Ethiopia and Upper Zambezi Basin in Namibia. The website also displays recent rainfall over the basins as captured by different satellite precipitation products. The reader will also find a description of our methodology and regional efforts. Using rainfall estimates from the most recent satellite observations and near-term weather forecasts as inputs to hydrologic rainfall-runoff models.
This work was done through a collaborative effort between the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources at the University of Arizona, the SERVIR Program of NASA and USAID, and the International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management (ICIWaRM-UNESCO). Adopting an integrative regional approach, we are working with many regional partners including the Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD, Nairobi, Kenya) representing 20 member states in East and southern Africa; the International Senegal Basin Authority (Organisation pour la Mise en Valeur du Fleuve Senegal, OMVS in Dakar, Senegal), representing the four riparian states; the AGRHYMET Regional Center (in Niamey, Niger), representing nine member states in West Africa; and the Climate Services Center of the Southern African Development Community (CSC-SADC in Gaborone, Botswana), representing 15 member states in Southern Africa.
Answering to specific needs reported from the field and various needs assessment activities conducted by SERVIR-ESA, such as the lack of quantitative tools to estimate water availability at resolutions useful to decision-making, our team has developed tailored applications to fill that gap. The precipitation estimates used in this project are publicly available in the internet, as well as some of the hydrologic models used for streamflow forecasting. The developed applications can inform a range of water resources management activities, and adaptation in support of food, energy and livelihood security. The Multi-model platform has been developed with capability to allow as many basins to be added for stream forecasts.