On 10 April 2017, the UNU Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES) will host a Nexus Seminar on “Remote Sensing for Water Management in African Savanna (Kruger National Park)”, presented by Dr Ana Andreu Mendez.
Savannas are among Africa’s most productive landscapes — supporting livestock/crops and livelihoods — but they experience frequent droughts, aggravated by climate change and other human-induced changes. Uncertainties associated with watershed management can be reduced by integrating timely and precise information of ecosystem dynamics into decision-making processes. Such data allows the mapping of water use/stress and vegetation distribution across African savannas, as well as the monitoring of seasonal and long-term temporal variations.
This lecture will discuss the experience of TIGER Project 40, a joint initiative of UNU-FLORES and the University of Limpopo (South Africa) that combines two differing scientific approaches to monitor savanna water flux. The procedure, tested and validated over two experimental areas in Kruger National Park, will allow for estimation of savanna evapotranspiration over larger areas across Africa.
For more information, or to register, see the event announcement on the UNU-FLORES website.