Groundwater development and sustainable agriculture in the White Volta Basin, Ghana

Overall the project aims to strengthen the research capacity in Ghana on hydrogeological research and to develop reliable geological/hydrological models in the White Volta Basin in Ghana. A numerical groundwater flow model will be developed to support quantitative assessments of the spatial and temporal variations in groundwater recharge and the possible impacts of climate change/variability on groundwater budgets and on the sustainability of groundwater resources development for large scale irrigation. The project comprise close collaboration between research groups in Ghana and Denmark and training of Ghanaian PhD students.

The HGG-groups part of the project is primary to support the data collection, processing and inversions of the geophysical data of the project. In this context a ground based TEM survey was conduction in November 2016 for evaluations/calibrations of a lager airborne EM-survey entering the geological/hydrological model.

The results of the geophysical and hydrogeological investigations will culminate in the participatory integrated assessment of piloted cost-effective, sustainable and resilient irrigation scheme which involves the application of groundwater resources in the area.

University of Ghana, Lagon, Ghana (lead institution)
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Water Research Institute, Ghana
Hydronomics Ltd., Ghana
Center for Savannah Ecosystem Research, CESER, Ghana
Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, GEUS, Denmark
Aarhus University , Department of Geoscience, Denmark
Copenhagen University, Department of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management, Denmark