January 19, 2009

Satellites help find water in Nigeria

Scientists say satellite imagery from the European Space Agency is helping find water in Nigeria's arid Sahel region.

The Water Resources Assessment program identifies underground water sources that could be tapped to help local farmers collect, store and improve water capacity for livestock and crops, the agency said in a release Monday.

Maps developed from data collected from 1993 to 2007 over western Nigeria also show where rainfall is likely to create seasonal bodies of water and semi permanent bodies of water, said Issifou Alfari, a water-resources scientist involved in the program.

We are very happy with the project's scope and outcome, as we believe this source of information will be fundamental for water management activities, Alfari said.