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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Nasa's Project Nile: Distributed Hydrological Information for Basin-Wide Water Management

Location: Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory

Project Number: 1245-13610-028-11
Project Type: Reimbursable

Start Date: Apr 01, 2010
End Date: Sep 30, 2014

Objective:
To develop and evaluate a decision support tool for water management in the Nile River basin, using a combination of water balance modeling and remote sensing of evapotranspiration.

Approach:
Generate and evaluate remote sensing estimates of evapotranspiration (ET) and surface moisture stress (drought) over the Nile River Basin. In collaboration with NASA scientists, use remotely sensed ET to validate hydrologic predictions from the NASA Land Data Assimilation System (LDAS), customized to operate over the Basin, and to constrain assumptions of water diversion along the Nile. The validated LDAS output will then be integrated into the existing Nile Forecast System (NSF) and Nile Basin Decision Support System (NBDSS) and used for flood warning, reservoir management, and irrigation planning.

Last Modified: 9/23/2014
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