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Within WASCAL a large number of heterogeneous data are collected. These data are mainly coming from the activities of the WASCAL Competence Center in Ouagadougou, Burkina-Faso, the different initiated research activities within WASCAL (Core Research Program, Graduate School Program) and the hydrological-meteorological, remote sensing, biodiversity and socio economic observation networks within WASCAL.
The WASCAL Data Management Infrastructure (WADI) was implemented and setup to manage, store, publish of and provide online-access to data directly connected to WASCAL, like the data from the individual observation data networks, basic data sets and research results. The main components of WADI are (see Figure 1):