Atlas of Somali Water and Land Resources
11 December 2007
SWALIM has released the first draft of the ‘Atlas of Somali Water and Land Resources’. The data used to compile this atlas was collected by SWALIM and partner agencies.
The atlas is divided into five main chapters as follows:
Chapter 1: Administrative.
Chapter 2: Physical characteristics of the Somali environment.
Chapter 3: Climate (mostly historical data).
Chapter 4: Water resources (includes hydrology of the Juba and Shabelle rivers, groundwater resources and urban water supply schemes).
Chapter 5: Land resources (covers SWALIM’s three areas of interest and a few national wide data).
SWALIM plans to release the first edition of the atlas early next year. To help us with the verification of information/data contained in the atlas we are calling on those who have already received a copy to forward their comments to email@example.com by 15th January 2008.
SWALIM has also recently completed a large set of water and land reports, datasets and maps for Somalia. To help users identify those products that are relevant for their use, we have published a products catalogue with a short description of each information product.
The catalogue has eight parts as listed:
• Part 1 - Water resources products: Climate, irrigation schemes, urban and rural water supply, options for flood forecasting and early warning, potential for rainwater harvesting and hydro-meteorological data inventory.
• Part 2 - Land resources products: Field survey methodology, landforms, soil surveys, land cover, pastoral resource assessment and land use and suitability.
• Parts 3 to 6 - Information management products: Online data catalogues (Geo-network, AGRIS), the Somalia Dynamic Atlas, SWALIM information resource centres and the SWALIM website.
• Part 7 and 8 - Other spatial datasets and maps: Spatial data and maps originating from agencies collaborating with SWALIM, annexes and additional supporting information.
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