Sooner Without Border: Hydrology Capacity Building in Africa

Supported by NASA, USAID and NSF PIRE program, OU HyDROS Lab ( member Zac Flamig (SoM/ARRC Ph.D student) was invited to build flood prediction capacity for Namibia and Rwanda Governmental Agencies for two weeks. Invited by the Namibia Department of Hydrology, Zac spent a week in that country discussing the requirements for establishing a hydrologic model for the prediction of flooding on the Okavango River. The desire is to set up the OU Coupled Routing and Excess Storage (CREST) hydrologic model to provide prediction of future flooding events. Zac then conducted a weeklong CREST training workshop in Kigali, Rwanda for the Integrated Water Resources Department. The workshop involved approximately 20 government hydrologists and meteorologists. Zac was supported by the joint efforts of NASA and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the National Science Foundation’s Partner’s for International Research and Education (PIRE) program. More details here and it is also on the President’s Monthly Research and Development Highlights.