Current Status of Urban Hydrology in Nigeria

by Adegbola Tokun, Osot Associates, Ibadan, Nigeria,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Urban Hydrology


Urban hydrological research is largely in its infancy in Nigeria. Most cities are unplanned and unsewered. There is no Hydrological Research Institute and only two or three Universities have recently just established faculties of environment. Hydrometeorological data collection centers are few and relatively recent. The data collection process has inherent faults that give rise to unreliable data. In addition to all these there does not exist a designed hydrometric station network which could ensure the continuity of the genetic features of the hydrologic regime. To date, the best attempt made in the field of stormwater management is the partial implementation of recommendation of stormwater drainage master-plan reports. Most of the reports are prepared by firms of consulting engineers using different criteria for synthesizing stormwater. The results obtained from the different criteria are yet to be counterchecked by field observation to compare the degrees of applicability of these criteria to the Nigerian environment. Refs.

Subject Headings: Hydrology | Developing countries | Stormwater management | Urban areas | Data collection | Hydrologic data | Information management | Data analysis | Nigeria | Africa

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