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Table 5 Characteristics of waterholes identified using ASTER imagery

From: Establishing an operational waterhole monitoring system using satellite data and hydrologic modelling: Application in the pastoral regions of East Africa

No. Waterhole characteristic No. of waterholes
Kenya Ethiopia
1 No. of waterholes visited 36 (100%) 30 (58%)
2 Error in mapping waterholes 3 (9%) 0 (0%)
3 Dams/earthen dams 8 (23%) 20 (67%)
4 Ponds/pans 26 (76%) 14 (33%)
5 Dry at time of visit 14 (41%) 17 (57%)
6 Recharged from groundwater 11 (32%) 0 (0%)
7 Saline 6 (18%) 0 (0%)
8 Water for human + livestock use 26 (76%) 29 (97%)
9 Waterhole used only by wildlife 11 (32%) 1 (3%)
10 Deteriorating condition 13 (38%) 27 (90%)