Africa Groundwater Literature Archive description

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The Africa Groundwater Literature Archive (AGLA) has been developed alongside the Africa Groundwater Atlas, through the Unlocking the Potential for Groundwater for the Poor (UPGro) research programme.


UPGro is jointly funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) (UK Aid), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The programme focuses on improving the evidence base around groundwater availability and management in sub-Saharan Africa to enable developing countries and partners in sub-Saharan Africa to use groundwater in a sustainable way in order to benefit the poor.

What is the Africa Groundwater Literature Archive?

The Africa Groundwater Literature Archive (AGLA) currently contains more than 6000 references related to groundwater in Africa, including unpublished reports, manuals, maps, journal articles and conference papers. Some of the documents derive from groundwater exploration, research and development projects on which the British Geological Survey (BGS) worked from the 1970s to the present day, often in collaboration with other national and international organisations. We have tried to make as many documents as possible freely available to download, where copyright restrictions allow. Most of these downloads are available through URLs from the Archive to where the documents are stored elsewhere on the web; a few are available as pdf documents directly from the Archive. Where copyright restrictions don't allow full text downloads, we have tried to provide URLs to document abstracts.

The current Archive is by no means an exhaustive list of groundwater literature for Africa. It will be periodically updated as more references become available.


Contributors

The Africa Groundwater Literature Archive (AGLA) was developed by the British Geological Survey (BGS).

The Archive owes an enormous debt to Jeff Davies, formerly of BGS, who led the development of the SADC Groundwater Grey Literature Archive. Without this, the Africa Groundwater Literature Archive would never have been developed.

The main developers of the Africa Groundwater Literature Archive were Brighid Ó Dochartaigh, Kirsty Upton, John Talbot and Alan MacDonald. Other BGS colleagues who contributed are Andrew McKenzie, Martin Nayembil and Gemma Nash.

The steering committee of the Africa Groundwater Atlas project supported the development of the Africa Groundwater Literature Archive. They are Tamiru Abiye, Callist Tindimugaya, Segun Adelana and John Chilton.

A number of students contributed to the development of the Africa Groundwater Literature Archive through their voluntary work to index and attribute some of the thousands of references, and we thank them all: Emily Carson, Deborah Ely, Will Gray, Ailsa Guild, Jenny Ridout and Emily Strathdee.


Africa Groundwater Atlas >> Africa Groundwater Literature Archive Description