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East Africa Awards - Gitau

 

Research Team

PI:

Margaret Gitau

 

Margaret W. Gitau, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering Purdue University

mgitau@purdue.edu

 

 

Co-PI:

Nicholas Kiggundu, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer

Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Makerere University

kiggundu@caes.mak.ac.ug

 

Subira Eva Munishi, Ph.D.

Lecturer

Department of Water Resources Engineering, College of Eng. and Technology (CoET), University of Dar Es Salaam

munishi.subira@udsm.ac.tz

 

Daniel N. Moriasi, Ph.D.

Research Hydrologist

USDA-ARS Grazinglands Research Laboratory

Daniel.moriasi@usda.gov

 

 

Embedded Research Translation Lead:

Prof Bancy Mbura Mati

Resource Plan Ltd.                    

 

Mr. James Kisekka

E. Africa office of  Stichting Aidenvirnment (RAIN)                  

 

Dr. Victor Konga

Country Manager of Global Water Partnership

 

 

Project Information

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

Sector:

Water Security    

Country:

Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania

Lead Institution:    

Purdue University

Co-PI Institution:    

University of Dar Es Salaam

Partner(s):    

Makerere University    

USDA

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)