Visualization of Water Services in Africa: Data Applications for Nexus Governance

Mannschatz, Theresa, Buchroithner, Manfred F. and Hülsmann, Stephan, "Visualization of Water Services in Africa: Data Applications for Nexus Governance" in Governing the Nexus: Water, Soil and Waste Resources Considering Global Change ed. Kurian, Mathew and Ardakanian, Reza (Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2015), 189-217.

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  • Author Mannschatz, Theresa
    Buchroithner, Manfred F.
    Hülsmann, Stephan
    Book Editor Kurian, Mathew
    Ardakanian, Reza
    Chapter Title Visualization of Water Services in Africa: Data Applications for Nexus Governance
    Book Title Governing the Nexus: Water, Soil and Waste Resources Considering Global Change
    Publication Date 2015
    Place of Publication Cham
    Publisher Springer International Publishing
    Start page 189
    End page 217
    Language eng
    Abstract Africa receives the third largest amount of global annual precipitation, which builds up the African water resources. Still, at the continental level, Africa’s renewable water resources only represent around 9 % of the world’s total freshwater resources, making it the second driest continent. Moreover, in Africa the water resources are spatially unequally distributed. In combination with varying population density, this results in wide differences in water availability and poses challenges for water supply. (Semi)-arid regions have to deal with droughts, poor water quality, soil salinity, low agricultural production and limited water supply. Successfully coping with water-related problems and handling future water demands depends on effective water resources management. The management needs data about the actual and future state of the environment (including water resources) and socio-economics. The data assessment and management requires an integrated approach where spatial data is a key for further systems analysis and water management. The results of data assessment, complex systems analysis and predictions need to be visualized, making it understandable and useful for decision-makers and the public. Therefore, this chapter describes the whole workflow from the research question of interest to state-of-the-art visualization for decision-making. We give recommendations of data collection approaches for data-poor environments and provide some examples.
    Keyword Water services
    Water, soil and waste nexus (WSW Nexus)
    Water point mapping
    Data visualization
    Geophysical methods
    Geophysical soil mapping
    Ground truthing
    Nexus governance
    Copyright Holder Springer International Publishing Switzerland
    Copyright Year 2015
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    ISBN 9783319057460
    DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-05747-7_9
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