Monday, April 03, 2006

Okavango floodplain research

HOORC researcher Piotr Wolski and colleague H.H.G. Savenije have published their evaluation of the seasonal and long term dynamics of the surface and groundwater interactions between the floodplains and the islands of the Okavango Delta in a recent issue of the Journal of Hydrology. Surface water-groundwater interactions play a crucial role in the hydrology and ecology of the Delta, which is dominated by the annual arrival of a flood wave. This flood water feeds aquifers underlying the Delta islands. Wolski and Savenije’s work gives us a better picture of the hydrology and eco-hydrology of the Okavango Delta and of floodplain dynamics in other semi-arid regions. Dynamics of floodplain-island groundwater flow in the Okavango Delta, Botswana can be found in HOORC’s Library.

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