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Summary of Proposal MTH2881

TitleDevelopment of methods for the assessment of water- related risks in southern Africa under global change conditions
Investigator Mück, Matthias - DLR, DFD-GZS
Team Member
Dr. Hipondoka, Martin - University of Namibia, Department of Geography
Dr. Wallner, Markus - Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), Groundwater Resources - Quality and Dynamics
Mr. Lütkemeier, Robert - Institute for Social-Ecological Research (ISOE), .
Ms. Mufeti, Pauline F. - Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Namibia (MAWF), Department of Water Affairs (DWA)
Mr. Meinhardt, Markus - University of Jena, Geoinformatics
Mr. Zimba, Henry - University of Zambia, Geology department
Dr. Helmschrot, Jörg - University of Hamburg,
SummaryThe aim and innovative character of the proposal is first and foremost to develop new and enhance/optimize existing methods related to flood management in particular for early warning, flood detection, flood monitoring, flood mapping and forecasting. Furthermore, this proposal is intended to provide an essential basis for an interdisciplinary research approach in the defined study areas coping with water-related challenges of global change. The research work is integrated in a joint initiative of Angola,Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Germany, responding to the challenges of global change. The establishment of a Southern African ScienceService Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management is intended to create added value for the whole southern African region. The centre will contribute to strengthening existing and developing new capacities for application-oriented scientific research and science-policy consultations on climate change, adapted land-use and sustainable development in the region. The study will show how the benefit of high resolution SAR systems for water related crisis response can be further improved upon. In a subsequent step TerraSAR-X data will be used as a key component within a comprehensive flood mapping service that will be implemented prototypically for the study area.

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