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Title Monitoring of biophysical and climatologically drivers and the impact of Climate Change on ecosystem functions in West Africa

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Short title Biophysical Observation Network and Climate Change in West Africa

Author(s) Falk, U.; Landmann, T.; Kunstmann, Harald; Szarzynski, J.; Schmidt, M.

Presenting author Falk, Ulrike

Institution(s) (1) Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn; (2) Remote Sensing Unit of the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), University of Wuerzburg; (3) Institute for Meteorology and Climate Research (IMK-IFU), Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe; (4) UN-SPIDER, UNOOSA & DLR Bonn; (5) German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD), German Aerospace Center (DLR) Oberpfaffenhofen

Keywords Biophysical climatological observation; impact of climate change

Abstract The vulnerability of West African countries to climatic and environmental changes is likely to increase within the next decades as demands on resources continuously rise in association with rapidly growing populations. In recognition of the societal need to develop strategies to reduce the socio-economic impact, interdisciplinary research is required. Thus, an integrative multiscale monitoring concept was designed within the framework of the BIOTA West Africa and GLOWA Volta scientific research networks, funded by the Federal German Ministry for Science and Education (BMBF) in cooperation with several counterparts from Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. A monitoring network of biophysical and climatological variables was installed and run through the three project phases of BIOTA West (Biophysical Observation Network - BON). Historical datasets and future climate scenarios were used to investigate the adaption of ecosystem functions to and the impact of climate change.

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