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Africa Groundwater Atlas

Download the Africa Groundwater Atlas Country Hydrogeology Maps


Here you can download digital, GIS-enabled maps, at a scale of 1:5 million, which show the hydrogeology (aquifer type and productivity) and geology (with particular relevance to hydrogeology) of 38 countries in Africa. Maps for an additional 10 countries will be released later.

The maps are provided as free-to-download shapefiles (.shp), also known as ESRI 'shape' format. There is a single shapefile for each country, which contains attribute information for geology and hydrogeology themes in attribute tables. Each shapefile is provided with layer files with legends for geology and hydrogeology, in English and, for selected countries, also in French or Portuguese.

These files can only be viewed in a Geographic Information System (GIS), such as ArcMap, QGIS or MapInfo. GIS software can be purchased from various vendors, and other free-to-use (open source) software is available online.

More information on the maps is available in the User Guide: Africa Groundwater Atlas Country Hydrogeology Maps, Version 1.0. This is provided as a pdf download with each of the maps, and can also be downloaded directly http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/523272/

More information on the hydrogeology of each country for which a map is provided can be seen in the relevant Africa Groundwater Atlas country pages. If you have any problems, please email AfricaGWAtlas@bgs.ac.uk - we will be happy to help!

These maps were produced as part of the Africa Groundwater Atlas project, which was jointly funded by DFID, NERC and ESRC; supported by the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH); and carried out by British Geological Survey (BGS) in partnership with hydrogeologists from across Africa. It is a part of the Unlocking the Potential of Groundwater for the Poor (UPGro) Research Programme, which focusses on improving the evidence base around groundwater availability and management in sub-Saharan Africa, to enable the sustainable use of groundwater that benefits the poor.

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