Namibia launches updated digital hydrogeological map to provide real-time groundwater data

2021-10-08 13:30:34 GMT2021-10-08 21:30:34(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

WINDHOEK, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- Namibia on Friday officially launched an updated hydrogeological map of the southwestern African arid nation, using the latest technology to make the map available to various groundwater stakeholders.

The digital application will allow Namibia to move with changing times, giving access to real-time groundwater data as it is collected from the national monitoring network, said the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform spokesperson Chrispin Matongela.

"The map comes with six inset maps and an updated handbook which gives a detailed explanation of how the map was developed with a description of how to use the map," he said.

According to Matongela, the additional twenty years of data has provided a much more detailed historical evaluation of aquifer recharge and storage, alluvial riverbeds and aquifer vulnerability.

"Aquifer vulnerability is particularly pertinent where there is a high risk of pollution or where the demand for groundwater resources is growing. This increased demand demonstrates the importance of an effective permitting system which is needed to support the ministry's prime responsibility as the custodian of groundwater resources in Namibia," he added.

Matongela added that the updated map was developed with financial assistance from the Southern African Development Community-Groundwater Management Institute. Enditem