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Richard Taylor awarded Senior Fellowship

Royal Society/Leverhulme support for groundwater research

Richard Taylor awarded Senior Fellowship

Professor Richard Taylor has been awarded a Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Fellowship for the coming academic year to facilitate research assessing hydrological responses to climate variability and change in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Under the Fellowship Richard will examine long-term historical records of groundwater levels from nine countries, recently compiled with colleagues in The Chronicles Consortium. He aims to answer a fundamental question - whether the intensification of precipitation brought about by global warming will enhance or restrict the replenishment of groundwater, upon which many communities rely for a low-cost source of drinking water and irrigation.

His work will also test the ability of large-scale models to estimate groundwater replenishment across Africa.

Finally, he will work closely with colleagues in seven African countries where new observatories to monitor groundwater are being constructed under two projects, GroFutures and AfriWatSan. This will ensure that observations are collected in a consistent manner to enable comparative analyses.

Overall, Richard’s research seeks to determine the sustainability of increased groundwater use in Sub-Saharan Africa in meeting rising domestic and agricultural water demands while alleviating endemic poverty. Scientific outcomes and datasets generated under the Fellowship will also support global initiatives to relate the responses of tropical groundwater systems to climate variability and change.



Ground water measurement in Nigeria

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