EGU21-2210, updated on 25 Dec 2022
EGU General Assembly 2021
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Hydrological variability and suspended particulate matter in the middle river Niger bassin

Moussa Boubacar Moussa1, Amadou Abdourhamane Touré2, Bruno Lartiges1, Emma Rochelle Newall3, Laurent Kergoat1, Elodie Robert4, Marielle Gosset1, Bachir Alkali Tanimoun5, and Manuela Grippa1
Moussa Boubacar Moussa et al.
  • 1Géoscience Environnement Toulouse (GET), UMR 5563 CNRS / UR 234 IRD / UM 97 UPS / CNES Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées 14, avenue Édouard Belin 31400 TOULOUSE
  • 2Université Abdou Moumouni, Département des Sciences de la Terre, BP 10662, Niamey, Niger
  • 3Sorbonne Université - Faculté de Sciences - iEES Paris, place Jussieu 75252 PARIS cedex 05
  • 4LETG - UMR 6554, Université de Nantes, BP 81227, 44312 Nabtes CEDEX 3
  • 5Autorité du Bassin du Niger (ABN), BP.729, Niamey, République du Niger

In the Sahel, climate variability and high population growth have led to changes in surface conditions that resulted in increased runoff coefficients and discharge in the major Sahelian rivers. The mid reaches of the Niger river have experienced significant increases in the Red flood, or local flood, that occurs during the rainy season between June and September, relative to Black flood, or Guinean flood that arrives in Niamey from December onwards.
The objective of this work was to characterize suspended particulate matter (SPM) during the Red and Black floods in the Niamey area and analyse their spatio-temporal dynamics. Two approaches are used : the first one consists of regular in-situ measurements of SPM concentration and in their physical and mineral characterization by electron microscopy; the second is based on monitoring water color by both in-situ and satellite (Sentinel 2) radiometric measurements.
SPM are characterized by very fine particles (with a major mode around 0.1-0.2 micrometers) mainly composed by kaolinites (iron oxides are also observed during the Red flood). This, combined with the very high levels of SPM concentration reached during the rainy season, results in very high values of reflectance in the visible end infrared bands. Radiometric measurements in the nir band by both the in-situ SKYE sensor and the Sentinel2 sensor are found to be significantly correlated to in-situ SPM, allowing efficient monitoring of SPM concentration in time and space.
SPM-discharge curves, reveal a complex relationship : SPM increases very rapidly at the beginning of the rainy season when soils are washed out after the long dry period, reaching a peak before the first discharge peak (Red flood). SPM continues to decrease during the second discharge peak (Black flood) from December to February, providing a distinct and unique signature. Analysis of satellite data allowed identifying the main sources of SPM and to quantify the significant contribution of the right bank river tributaries to sediments in the middle Niger river bassin. This contribution may further increase in the context of global changes (climate and anthropogenic) with important consequences on sediment transport but also on water quality and bacterial concentration which are strongly influenced by high SPM.

How to cite: Boubacar Moussa, M., Abdourhamane Touré, A., Lartiges, B., Rochelle Newall, E., Kergoat, L., Robert, E., Gosset, M., Alkali Tanimoun, B., and Grippa, M.: Hydrological variability and suspended particulate matter in the middle river Niger bassin, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-2210,, 2021.


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