Published November 8, 2019 | Version 1.0
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Possible futures for groundwater in Burkina Faso under a changing climate

  • 1. Walker Institute, University of Reading
  • 2. British Geological Survey
  • 3. University of Reading
  • 4. Lorna Young Foundation
  • 5. University of Ghana


Research group:

  • 1. Evidence for Development


This narrative describes three possible future scenarios for water resources in Burkina Faso and the human and socio-economic impacts that might be experienced by people living in rural areas. The narratives aim to stimulate discussion towards realistic policy responses and the decision support tools needed to assist future planning needs. It is important to recognise that the scenarios do not represent every possible outcome projected by hydroclimate models, and resulting impacts will be contextualised by local circumstances. See here for information about BRAVE ( and the UPGro programme:


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Journal article: 10.1038/s41586-019-1441-7 (DOI)
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Report: 10.5281/zenodo.3366368 (DOI)


Building understanding of climate variability into planning of groundwater supplies from low storage aquifers in Africa - Second Phase (BRAVE2) NE/M008983/1
UK Research and Innovation


  • Cuthbert, M.O., Taylor, R.G., Favreau, G. et al. Observed controls on resilience of groundwater to climate variability in sub-Saharan Africa. Nature 572, 230–234 (2019) doi:10.1038/s41586-019-1441-7.