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ADHI: the African Database of Hydrometric Indices (1950-2018)

Gil Mahé
Ernest Amoussou
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Ansoumana Bodian
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Honoré Dacosta
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Hamouda Dakhlaoui
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Denis Hughes
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Lahoucine Hanich
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Raphael Tshimanga


The African continent is probably the one with the lowest density of hydrometric stations currently measuring river discharge despite the fact that the number of operating stations was quite important until the 1970s. This new African Database of Hydrometric Indices (ADHI) provides a wide range of hydrometric indices and hydrological signatures computed from different sources of data after a quality control. It includes 1466 stations with at least 10 years of daily discharge data over the period 1950-2018. The average record length is 33 years, and 131 stations have complete records over 50 years. With this new dataset spanning most climatic regions of the African continent, several hydrometric indices have been computed, representing mean flow characteristics and extremes (low flows and floods), and are accessible to the scientific community. The database will be updated on a regular basis to include more hydrometric stations and longer time series of river discharge. The ADHI is available for download at: (Tramblay and Rouché, 2020).
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Yves Tramblay, Nathalie Rouché, Jean-Emmanuel Paturel, Gil Mahé, Jean-François Boyer, et al.. ADHI: the African Database of Hydrometric Indices (1950-2018). Earth System Science Data, 2021, 13, pp.1547-1560. ⟨10.5194/essd-13-1547-2021⟩. ⟨insu-03665315⟩
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