Groundwater and drought in Ethiopia

Dataset title Groundwater and drought in Ethiopia
Dataset creators Alan MacDonald, British Geological Survey
Dataset theme Geoscientific Information
Dataset abstract

In 1998 the Department for International Development (DFID) funded the project 'Groundwater drought early warning for vulnerable areas' as part of the DFID Knowledge and Research (KaR) programme, a collaboration between UK partners BGS and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), and with the Bureau of Water, Mines and Energy in Amhara Region, Ethiopia. Drawing on village surveys and stakeholder consultations across sectors, this project evolved a broader, more holistic approach to the study of drought and water supply. Rather than focus exclusively on drought and water availability, constraints on household access to and use of water were explored through the lens of water security. This, in turn, highlighted links between the household water economy (across seasons; between good and bad years) and wider livelihood strategies, particularly in relation to inter-dependencies between food and water security.

There are three files within this data holding:

  • the Excel file 'Ethiopia' contains the hydrochemical water quality data from springs, river and wells collected and analysed during the project. It also contains information about the sample sources.
  • the word file 'Project Overview' contains a overview of the project including a list of all outputs (report, paper and map) produced during the project with links to electronic copies.
  • the word file 'Village details' includes additional information about the villages visited during the fieldwork and collection of hydrochemical samples.
Dataset content dates 01/08/1988 - 31/08/2000
Dataset spatial coverage South Wollo zone of Amhara, Ethiopia
Dataset supply format MS Word
MS Excel
Dataset language English-United Kingdom
Dataset discovery metadata record Discovery Link to the dataset's BGS Discovery Metadata record
Dataset publisher British Geological Survey
Dataset publication date 17th August 2019
Dataset digital object identifier(DOI) 10.5285/2b6cc82a-f865-40df-b550-6fff84a1f8da
Dataset citation text Alan MacDonald (2019): Groundwater and drought in Ethiopia. British Geological Survey. (Dataset).
Constraints and terms of use This data set is available under Open Government Licence, subject to the following acknowledgement accompanying any reproduced materials: "Contains data supplied by permission of the Natural Environment Research Council [YEAR]".
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