The Chronicles Consortium

Multi-Decadal Groundwater Levels in Africa
Project Information

The Chronicles is an international consortium of scientists from across Africa and beyond collating and analysing multi-decadal records of groundwater levels, representing long-term aquifer dynamics, in order to assess the impacts of groundwater use, climate variability and change, and land-use change on groundwater storage across Africa.

Collation and Analysis of Multi-decadal Groundwater-levels Observations in Africa

It is a joint initiative of the African Groundwater Network (AGW-Net), IAH Commission on Groundwater and Climate Change, and UNESCO-IHP GRAPHIC programme that is supported by the UPGro (Unlocking the Potential of Groundwater for the Poor) programme of the UK government (DFID, NERC, ESRC) and the LMI-PICASSEAU programme of the French government (IRD).
The consortium was established at the 41st Congress of the IAH (International Association of Hydrogeologists) in Marrakech, Morocco on 14 September 2014 and is led by Tamiru Abiye (Wits University, South Africa), Guillaume Favreau (IRD, France), and Richard Taylor (University College London, UK).

Get Involved!

A central ambition of the consortium is to work with national experts in uncovering and assembling multi-decadal records of groundwater levels from around Africa. If you are aware of such data, please contact the consortium:  

Data available for download

The Chronicles data is now available for download. More information here

The Chronicles Consortium 

  • Tamiru Abiye, University of Witswatersand (South Africa) - Co-Chair
  • Guillaume Favreau, IRD (France) - Co-Chair
  • Richard Taylor, UCL (UK) - Co-Chair
  • William Agyekem, Water Research Institute (Ghana)
  • Safouan Ben Ammar, ICSU (Tunisia)
  • L'houssaine Bouchaou, Université Ibn Zohr (Morocco)
  • Moussa Boukari, Université d'Abomey Calavi (Benin)
  • Mark Cuthbert, UCL (UK)
  • Youssouf Kousssoubé, Université de Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)
  • Japhet Kashaigili, Sokoine University of Agriculture (Tanzania)
  • Alan MacDonald, British Geological Survey (UK)
  • Daina Mudimbu, University of Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe)
  • Yahaya Nazoumou, Université Abdou Moumouni de Niamey (Niger)
  • Benjamin Ngounou Ngatcha, Université de Ngaoundéré (Cameroon)
  • Richard Owen, University of Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe)
  • Michael Owor, Makerere University (Uganda)
  • Bridget Scanlon, University of Texas at Austin (USA)
  • Mohammad Shamsudduha, UCL (UK) 
  • James Sorensen, British Geological Survey (UK)
  • Martin Todd, University of Sussex (UK)
  • Henri Totin, Université de Parakou & Université d'Abomey Calavi (Benin)
  • Karen Villholth, International Water Management Institute (South Africa)
  • Jean-Michel Vouillamoz, IRD (France)
  • Yongxin Xu, University of Western Cape (South Africa)