The following systems are available directly on-line to subscribers and stakeholders of SWALIM information. Some of these systems require that you have a user account set up. Please contact the site administrator or the SWALIM Information Management Unit about establishing an account and getting access.
The Water Sources Live Map is a web application that has features for both data management and data visualization through the internet. Agencies that manage water information can now use the live map to collect, update, and disseminate water sources data while other information users will be able to use the live map to visualize the data as well as “export” it for a variety of uses outside the live map. The live map has dramatically improved how water source information is managed in Somalia, where point water sources are the primary source of water. Through the live map, water sources information is accessible from any location, as long as there is internet connectivity. The published data is be available to all users in UN agencies, NGOs and private sector users..
Many UN agencies, NGOs, government ministries and others need access to maps and spatial datasets for their day to day work. Maps in particular are effective communication tools for decision makers in need of quick, reliable and user-friendly products to plan and monitor their activities. Although these datasets exist, it is difficult to know where to find them and when accessed, they are usually not well-documented for effective use. To address this problem, SWALIM has set up a spatial data catalogue based on the FAO Geo-Network software. The catalogue provides access to a large database of spatial data and maps with complete documentation. Geonode also provides access to a huge volume of spatial data from different organizations (who have also deployed the software) and also provides a web-based interactive map viewer that allows people to composite maps, picking layers from different servers on the internet.
The lower reaches of the Juba and Shabelle Rivers frequently experience devastating floods during the rainy seasons. For effective response that saves live and property, timely data is needed on the current flood situation, areas affected and availability of emargency kits and other materials. SWALIM developed a Flood Risk and Response Information portal, to support the work of the Somalia Interagency Flood Working Group. The information available includes information on:
- historical floods
- river levels
- flooded areas
- road conditions and estimation of populations under flood
- response management showing contact information for cluster leads
SWALIM has developed a new drought monitoring tool based on the Combined Drought Index(CDI). It is a statistical index comparing the present hydro-meteorological conditions with the long-term average characteristics in the same interest period. The detailed description of the index and the relevant mathematical expressions are explained in SWALIM Technical Report No W-14 and the brochure “Drought Monitoring with the Combined Drought Index”. The performance of the Combined Drought Index has been tested for Kenyan, Somali and some European stations and the index was used during the severe drought in Somalia at the beginning of 2011 and is continously being updated.