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Satellites help find water in Nigeria

Lagos, Nigeria — Scientists say satellite imagery from the European Space Agency (ESA) is helping find water in Nigeria’s arid Sahel region. The Water Resources Assessment programme identifies underground water sources that could be tapped to help local farmers collect, store and improve water capacity for livestock and crops.

Maps developed from data collected from 1993 to 2007 over western Nigeria also show where rainfall is likely to create seasonal bodies of water and semi permanent bodies of water, said Issifou Alfari, a water-resources scientist involved in the program.