West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use


With climate change being one of the most severe challenges to rural Africa in the 21st century, West Africa is facing an urgent need to develop effective adaptation and mitigation measures.
WASCAL  is a large-scale research-focused program designed to help tackle this challenge and thereby enhance the resilience of human and environmental systems to climate change and increased variability. It does so by strengthening the research infrastructure and capacity in West Africa related to climate change and by pooling the expertise of ten West African countries and Germany.

Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), WASCAL is coordinated by the Center for Development Research (ZEF, Bonn University), and is implemented in a collaborative effort by West African and German partners.

The WASCAL planning phase was launched in 2010. Subject to approval of the final program design, the implementation phase will start mid 2011.

The Data Management Department of DKRZ participates in WASCAL mainly in the WASCAL Competence Center, which - among other functions - offers

  • to accommodate the infrastructure for data reception, data maintenance and access, data interpretation and scenario analyses, and
  • to conduct training and outreach activities to involve the targeted stakeholders in the region.

Indirectly DM/DKRZ's involvement in WASCAL will also contribute to the Core Research Program and the Graduate Research Program of WASCAL.


The WASCAL Wiki page serves as a platform for easy exchange of information and discussions.

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