Workshop: Climate Information for Adaptation and Policy Development

Workshop: Climate Information for Adaptation and Policy Development

The five-day workshop on Climate Information for Adaptation and Policy Development, held at the Federal University of...

The Grazing Game goes online

The Grazing Game goes online

The Grazing Game is an online behavioral interactive game to understand the coping strategies of farmer-herders in the...

Second WASCAL Ministerial Conference

Second WASCAL Ministerial Conference

The Ministers of the ten WASCAL member countries and Germany, as well as representatives of the ECOWAS commission met...

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Welcome to WASCAL

With climate change being one of the most severe challenges to rural Africa in the 21st century, West Africa is facing an urgent need to develop effective adaptation and mitigation measures.

WASCAL (West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use) is a large-scale research-focused Climate Service Center designed to help tackle this challenge and thereby enhance the resilience of human and environmental systems to climate change and increased variability. It does so by strengthening the research infrastructure and capacity in West Africa related to climate change and by pooling the expertise of ten West African countries and Germany.

Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), WASCAL is implemented in a collaborative effort by West African and German partners.

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How to avoid unsustainable side effects of managing climate risk in drylands

The supplementary feeding controversy

2015 - Müller, Birgit | J. Schulze, David Kreuer, Anja Linstädter, and Karin Frank

Changes in Vegetation and Rainfall over West Africa during the Last Three Decades (1981-2010)

2015 - Bamba, Adama | Bastien Dieppois, Abdourahamane Konaré, Thierry Pellarin, Ahmed Balogun, Nadine Dessay, Bamory Kamagaté, Issiaka Savané, Arona Diédhiou

Multi-Temporal Landsat Images and Ancillary Data for Land Use/Cover Change (LULCC) Detection in the Southwest of Burkina Faso, West Africa

2015 - Zoungrana, Benewinde J-B. | Christopher Conrad, Leonard K. Amekudzi, Michael Thiel, Evariste Dapola Da, Gerald Forkuor, and Fabian Löw


Vacancy: Senior Data Manager

WASCAL is seeking to fill the position of a Senior Data Manager to be based at its Competence Center in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.


The WASCAL Data Discovery Portal provides public access for scientists and stakeholders to the WASCAL spatial data infrastructure (SDI). Within WASCAL a large number of heterogeneous data are collected. In order to facilitate the acquisition, provision, integration, management and exchange of these heterogeneous data resources within a scientific and non-scientific multiuser (distributed) environment the spatial data infrastructure (SDI) WADI (WAscal Data Infrastructure) has been build-up.