Posted on 3 October 2011
The Zambezi river basin is a complex watershed, both hydrologically and institutionally. The Upper Zambezi (Western part) of the catchment consists of huge layers of deposited Kalahari sands, interspersed by vast wetlands, while the Middle and Lower Zambezi are generally more mountainous and fast responding on rainfall. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has initiated a project, to recommend on improved operations of the reservoirs in the Zambezi river basin. The projects is in collaboration with SSI, South Africa, WRNA South Africa, SEED Mozambique, Rankin Engineering Zambia.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has initiated a project, to recommend on improved operations of the reservoirs in the Zambezi river basin. In particular the focus of the recommendations has been on feasibility of forecasting of floods, added value of synchronized operation, environmental flow releases and potential of new infrastructure
- Advice on reliability,communication & sustainability of data
- Recommendations on rainfall-runoff and hydraulic models
- Precipitation forecasting; requirements
- Integrating information in and end-to-end forecasting system
- Institutional aspects to forecasting
The pilot showed that with use of forecast information, floods due to spillage could have been prevented and power revenue considerably increased.
Delft FEWS (Flood Early Warning System)