Flooding: Agency Prescribes SWAT Hydrological Model

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The hydrological modeling techniques using soil and water assessment tool (SWAT) model will help Nigeria to forecast flooding, an official of the Nigeria Hydrological  Services  Agency (NHSA) has said.

Mr, Umar Magashi, deputy director at NHSA, made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen recently, in Abuja.

Magashi said that to learn the technique, the agency would be participating in a regional workshop on hydrological modeling  for flood foresting  from December 21 to December 27 in Niamey.

“The workshop aims to strengthen the capacity of participants on flood risk management using the hydrological modelling SWAT.

“It is expected at the end of this workshop that participants takes ownership of the SWAT model and make it a referrence tool for flood and water resources monitoring in West Africa,” he said.

Magashi said that the agency had been using hydrological modelling to forecast floods while the Nigerian Metrological Agency (NIMET) used atmospheric modelling to do same.