Improved Water Security

Improved Water Security

Project Description

Research Team


Margaret Gitau

Margaret W. Gitau, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering Purdue University


Nicholas Kiggundu, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer
Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Makerere University

Subira Eva Munishi, Ph.D.
Department of Water Resources Engineering, College of Eng. and Technology (CoET), University of Dar Es Salaam

Daniel N. Moriasi, Ph.D.
Research Hydrologist
USDA-ARS Grazinglands Research Laboratory

Embedded Research Translation Lead:

Bancy Mbura Mati
Resource Plan Ltd.  

James Kisekka
E. Africa office of  Stichting Aidenvirnment (RAIN)            

Dr. Victor Konga
Country Manager of Global Water Partnership

Project Information

Project Title:

Data-Driven Decision Support for Improved Water Security in East Africa


Water Security


Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania

Lead Institution:    

Purdue University

Co-PI Institution:    

University of Dar Es Salaam


Makerere University


Global Water Partnership

Resource Plan Ltd

Stichting Aidenvironment (RAIN)

Final Budget:    $250,000

Project Length:    24 months

Research Goals:

  1. Develop a broad dataset describing trends and current and future states of water resources in the study region;
  2. Provide results, data, and base model parameters in such a way that these are easily discoverable, accessible, ready to use, and free; and,
  3. Provide training to water managers, related personnel, and other stakeholders on the use and interpretation of the results, data, and other materials developed through this project.

Embedded Research Translation Product:

  1. Ready-to-use data products comprising current and future water budgets and associated accounts of extreme occurrences such as very heavy rainfall or dry periods;
  2. Default model parameter sets that can be used in other areas beyond the study sites;
  3. A quick- reference report summarizing current and future states of water resources based on water budgets, forecasts, and analysis of shocks;
  4. Training manuals to help project partners and other end users understand and use the data products, modeling results, and other outputs from this project; and,
  5. Processed climate and water data used in this project to the extent that it is permitted by its original owners.

Embedded Research Translation audience:

Nile Basin Initiative and African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW)

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