Concert Project


(Greenhouse gas emissions and mitigation options under climate and land use change in West Africa: A concerted regional modeling and observation assessment)

The aim of CONCERT is to identify emission mitigation options for the major greenhouse gases carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O), in parallel with improving food security. This will be tackled through (a) the extension of WASCAL’s current flux observation network, b) estimation and projection of GHG emission budgets for the region, using a fully coupled regional climate-hydrology-dynamic vegetation model (Earth System Model, ESM), specifically adapted to the WASCAL region, and c) identification of LU options suitable for mitigating GHG emissions, increasing soil C stocks and improving food security for the West African Sudan savanna. This will be achieved by a unique concerted and intertwined observation and modeling strategy in CONCERT. The results will be jointly developed and iterated with stakeholders and communicated to policymakers of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for implementation.

The CONCERT project is being led by Professor Dr. Harald Kunstmann and Dr. Sina Berger from the Institute of Geography (IG) of the University of Augsburg (UoA) in Germany with support from the following experts:

Ursula Gessner and Dr. Sarah Asam – German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany.
Harry Vereecken and Dr. Roland Baatz – Institute of Bio- and Geosciences- Agrosphere, Germany.
Gerald Forkuor – United Nations University, Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA), Accra, Ghana.
Leonard K. Amekudzi and Dr. Emmanuel Quansah– Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana.
Babatunde Rabiu and Dr. Christiana F. Olusegun – Centre for Atmospheric Research, National Space and Development Agency (CARNASRDA), Abuja, Nigeria
Sanoussi Atta and Dr. Moussa Waongo– AGRHYMET Regional Centre, Niger.

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