GC42A:
Global Change Impacts in West Africa: From Observations and Models to Adaptation Measures I


Session ID#: 10352

Session Description:
West Africa is characterized by a strong dependence on rain-fed agriculture and a low adaptive capacity, making it one of the most vulnerable regions to climate change worldwide. Moreover, climate models show particularly high uncertainties of anticipated future changes. Therefore, the development and implementation of sound knowledge, reliable future scenarios and appropriate adaptation measures constitute an eminent task for science, policy, and stakeholders.We invite contributions from all related disciplines that 1) document and understand the changes and their feedbacks in the biophysical and human systems in the West Africa, 2) make predictions and develop scenarios of the changes at local or regional scales through models and data, 3) assess the impacts for the environment and human development, or 4) provide appropriate adaptation measures and management tools to minimize the negative impacts and to maximize the resilience of the system to all anticipated consequences of global changes in West Africa.
Primary Conveners:  Dominik Wisser, University of Bonn, Center for Development Research, Bonn, Germany
Conveners:  Jean-Martial Cohard1,2, Mouhamadou Bamba Sylla1 and Jan Henning Sommer3, (1)Organization Not Listed, Washington, DC, United States(2)Université de Grenoble - LTHE, Grenoble, France(3)University of Bonn, Center for Development Research, Bonn, Germany
Chairs:  Mouhamadou Bamba Sylla1, Jean-Martial Cohard1, Jan Henning Sommer2 and Dominik Wisser2, (1)Organization Not Listed, Washington, DC, United States(2)University of Bonn, Center for Development Research, Bonn, Germany
OSPA Liaisons:  Dominik Wisser, University of Bonn, Center for Development Research, Bonn, Germany

Cross-Listed:
  • A - Atmospheric Sciences
  • B - Biogeosciences
  • H - Hydrology
  • NH - Natural Hazards
Index Terms:

0410 Biodiversity [BIOGEOSCIENCES]
1630 Impacts of global change [GLOBAL CHANGE]
1655 Water cycles [GLOBAL CHANGE]
1803 Anthropogenic effects [HYDROLOGY]

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Sylvie Galle1, Manuela Grippa2, Christophe Peugeot3, Ibrahim Bouzou Moussa4, Bernard Cappelaere5, Jerome Demarty1, Eric Mougin6, Thierry Lebel7, Véronique Chaffard1 and AMMA-CATCH team, (1)IRD Institute for Research and Development, Marseille Cedex 02, France, (2)CNRS, GET, Toulouse, France, (3)IRD Hydrosciences, Montpellier, France, (4)University Abdou Moumouni, Niamey, Niger, (5)GET Géosciences Environnement Toulouse, toulouse, France, (6)GET Géosciences Environnement Toulouse, Toulouse, France, (7)Organization Not Listed, Grenoble, France
Thierry Lebel, Organization Not Listed, Grenoble, France; IRD, The Institute for Geosciences and Environmental research (IGE), Grenoble, France, Gérémy Panthou, Université de Grenoble-Alpes, Grenoble, France, Theo Vischel, CNRS-INSU, IGE, Grenoble, France and Guillaume Quantin, IRD - LTHE, Grenoble, France
Guiling Wang, University of Connecticut, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Groton, CT, United States, Kazi F Ahmed, University of Connecticut, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Storrs Mansfield, CT, United States and Liangzhi You, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC, United States
Ibrahim Moussa, AGRHYMET Regional Center, Research and Training / WASCAL program, Niamey, Niger, Dominik Wisser, University of Bonn, Center for Development Research, Bonn, Germany, Abdou Ali, AGRHYMET Regional Center, Niamey, Niger, Ousmane Seidou, University of Ottawa, Department of Civil Engineering, Ottawa, ON, Canada, Adama Mariko, Ecole Nationale d`Ingenieurs, Bamako, Mali, Geologie, Bamako, Mali and Abel Afouda, West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL); Graduate Research Program of, Cotonou, Benin
Ozias Hounkpatin1, Felix Op de Hipt1, Aymar Y. Bossa2, Gerd Welp1 and Wulf Amelung1, (1)University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany, (2)West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use—WASCAL, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso