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Dynamics-aerosol-chemistry-cloud interactions in West Africa

Dynamics-aerosol-chemistry-cloud interactions in West Africa

Objective

Massive economic and population growth and urbanisation are expected to lead to a tripling of anthropogenic emissions in southern West Africa (SWA) between 2000 and 2030, the impacts of which on human health, ecosystems, food security and the regional climate are largely unknown. An assessment of these impacts is complicated by (a) a superposition with effects of global climate change, (b) the strong dependence of SWA on the sensitive West African monsoon, (c) incomplete scientific understanding of interactions between emissions, clouds, radiation, precipitation and regional circulations and (d) by a lack of observations to advance our understanding and improve predictions. The DACCIWA project will conduct extensive fieldwork in SWA to collect high-quality observations, spanning the entire process chain from surface-based natural and anthropogenic emissions to impacts on health, ecosystems and climate. Combining the resulting benchmark dataset with a wide range of modelling activities will allow (a) to assess all relevant physical and chemical processes, (b) to improve the monitoring of climate and compositional parameters from space and (c) to develop the next generation of weather and climate models capable of representing coupled cloud-aerosol interactions, which will ultimately lead to reduced uncertainties in climate predictions. SWA with its rich mix of emissions and diverse clouds is ideal for such a study and many findings and technical developments will be applicable to other monsoon regions. Using a targeted dissemination strategy, DACCIWA will deliver a comprehensive scientific assessment and actively guide sustainable future planning and policy-making for West Africa and beyond. The interdisciplinary and experienced DACCIWA team will build on the scientific and logistical foundations established by AMMA (EU FP6) and collaborate closely with operational centres, international programs (e.g. WCRP, IGBP), policy-makers and users to maximise impact.

Coordinator

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE

Address

Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 875 143,75

Administrative Contact

Petra Witt (Ms.)

Participants (16)

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UNIVERSITE BLAISE PASCAL CLERMONT-FERRAND II

France

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 1 073 022

UNIVERSITY OF YORK

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 442 377

THE UNIVERSITY OF READING

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 588 900,60

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 688 008,40

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 604 943,75

UNIVERSITE PAUL SABATIER TOULOUSE III

France

EU Contribution

€ 1 459 932

UNIVERSITE PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE - PARIS 6

France

EU Contribution

€ 307 986

UNIVERSITE CLERMONT AUVERGNE

France

EU Contribution

€ 350 355,60

UNIVERSITE PARIS DIDEROT - PARIS 7

France

EU Contribution

€ 108 240

EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR MEDIUM-RANGE WEATHER FORECASTS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 245 920

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 340 680

KWAME NKRUMAH UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY KUMASI

Ghana

EU Contribution

€ 63 000

OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY

Nigeria

EU Contribution

€ 63 000

MET OFFICE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 45 364

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 490 078,67

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 603502

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 December 2013

  • End date

    30 November 2018

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 11 508 227,29

  • EU contribution

    € 8 746 951,77

Coordinated by:

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE

Germany