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Water management

Our first continental-wide service allows anyone to better understand water availability anywhere in Africa. The product translates years of satellite imagery of surface water, known as Water Observations from Space (WOfS), into easy to consume information on the presence, location and recurrence of water within Africa. 

This allows countries across Africa to map, assess, visualise and manage water resources and understand trends over time. The below example shows the summary of a water body in Senegal from 2013 to 2019. Colours indicate the percentage of times water was detected (Red = rarely water, green = often water, blue = always water). The product covers the entire continent of Africa, whilst retaining the full resolution of the original satellite data (in this case 30 metre pixels).

Water summary for water body in Senegal from 2013-2019


You can access these water datasets through the DE Africa Map.