At least 400 million people in sub-Saharan Africa depend on the valuable resource of groundwater for their domestic water needs. However, the processes that sustain this resource and their sensitivity to climatic variability are poorly understood. An international team led by researchers from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria has now looked into climate impacts on groundwater in light of changing climatic patterns in Africa. The results are detailed in Nature.
The French member of the team is Jean-Michel Vouillamoz from the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), Université Grenoble Alpes, Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique, Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble, Institut des Géosciences de l’Environnement, Grenoble.
Read the research paper: Observed controls on resilience of groundwater to climate variability in sub-Saharan Africa. Mark O. Cuthbert et al. Nature 10.1038/s41586-019-1441-7