WASCAL is a large-scale research-focused program designed to enhance the resilience of human and environmental systems to climate change. It aims to do so by strengthening the research infrastructure and capacity in West Africa and by pooling the expertise of the ten Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) countries and Germany. It is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, and is implemented in a collaborative effort by West African and German partners.
The Competence Center involved in this proposal comprises more than 30 research scientists, postdoctoral fellows, staff and students splitted into different departments working on different and complementary areas ranging from climate change and modeling to climate change impacts on water resources, agriculture and landuse, biodiversity and ecosystems, and economics. Scientist of the climate change and climate modeling department participating in this proposal, for instance Dr. Mouhamadou Bamba Sylla, has a strong track record spanning, observed products evaluation, model development (i.e. the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) Regional Climate Model version 4 (RegCM4)), model testing and sensitivity simulations aimed at improving the understanding of processes responsible for climate change and climate variability over the West Africa monsoon domain. He also have strong experience in gathering, generating and processing large climate change projections datasets and undertaking dynamical downscaling experiments through international programs such as, for example AMMA (African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analysis), ENSEMBLES (Ensembles-Based Predictions of Climate Changes and Their Impacts) and CORDEX (Coordinating Regional Climate Downscaling Experiments). WASCALs role in this project will be to co-coordinate the Work Package 1 to identify users’ needs and knowledge gaps (in terms of data, knowledge and research infrastructures) in Africa with recommendations for a joint EU-Africa Research agenda on food and nutrition security and climate change mitigation.
WASCAL Competence Center is well connected to all the regional meteo offices and laboratories and regional centers (including IWMI, ACMAD, AGRHYMET, ANACIM and others) contributing to this proposal.