Exploring management approaches for water and energy in the data-scarce Tekeze-Atbara Basin under hydrologic uncertainty

Mohammed Basheer, Rayyan Sulieman, Lars Ribbe

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    Abstract

    This study examines management approaches for hydropower generation and irrigation and domestic water supply for the Tekeze-Atbara, a transboundary river between Ethiopia, Eritrea and Sudan, in above- and below-normal hydrologic conditions, considering current and future water demand scenarios. Satellite data are used to substitute for unavailable or inaccessible ground meteorological and dam data. Based on three examined coordination scenarios, the analysis finds that coordinating the management of the Sudanese dams would bring significant benefits to water supply and energy generation. An optimization analysis is necessary to reveal the full value of coordination of dams in the Tekeze-Atbara Basin.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-26
    Number of pages26
    JournalInternational Journal of Water Resources Development
    Early online date26 Apr 2019
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2019

    Keywords

    • Nile Basin, storage dams, satellite-based rainfall products, satellite-based reservoir monitoring, water-energy nexus, coordination

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