Dominant Patterns of Water Storage Changes in the Nile Basin During 2003-2013

J. L. Awange, E. Forootan, K. Fleming, G. Odhiambo

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The main task of this chapter is to apply space-based satellite approaches to remotely sense the changes in the Nile basin's water storage over the last decade. This is achieved by constructing total water storage (TWS) time series for the Nile basin from the GRACE gravity data for the period between 2003 and 2013. Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) spatiotemporal TWS changes reveal the general pattern of water changes within the basin, including all the tributaries in its catchments, lakes, soil moisture, and groundwater. The chapter briefly describes the Nile basin, and outlines methodology and results. The product employed in the chapter is referred to as the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) and Other Data Precipitation Data Set. The Normalized Digital Vegetation Index (NDVI) trend analysis reveals a cyclic seasonal trend with peak values recorded during the rainfall seasons.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRemote Sensing of the Terrestrial Water Cycle
PublisherWiley Blackwell
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781118872086
ISBN (Print)9781118872031
Publication statusPublished - Dec 8 2014


  • Gravity recovery and climate experiment (GRACE)
  • Nile basin
  • Normalized digital vegetation index (NDVI)
  • Total water storage (TWS)
  • Tropical rainfall measuring mission (TRMM)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Environmental Science


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