Project 643 - Water Resources in Wet Tropics of West-Central Africa

IGCP Project meeting in 2017

Remote sensing as support for hydrological modeling in sub-humid Africa

  • 2-15 September 2017 in Yaoundein the Mefou watershed and Ngaoundere at the University of Ngaoundere, with fieldwork focus in the active part of Cameroon Lake Chad Basin (North Cameroon)

The 3WCA project aims to build the capacity of laboratories associated withPICASS’EAU LMI and MAREMA project to better predict the responses of waterresources to climate change and land use - land cover in wet tropics of west-centralAfrica. In 2017, remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS) and fieldworktechniques will be combined in an attempt to identify groundwater potential zones.Training activities will be based on two experimental sites: the neighboring ofYaounde and the active part of Cameroon Lake Chad Basin (North Cameroon). It willaim to:The workshop will therefore serve to train masters and PhD students and strengthenthe skills necessary to answer the questions posed in the research project.

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Brief outline of the project

The sub-Saharan regions submitted to the African monsoon are vulnerable to climate variability and land use change that affect the water cycle. In this context in accelerating change, it is imperative to improve knowledge about causality between climate and anthropogenic forcing and variability of water resources.

The main objective of this project is to carry out thematic workshops focusing on water resources under climate and anthropogenic stress. Specifically, during four years, we’ll make one thematic workshop per year focused on key elements of the hydrological cycle in order to improve the capacity of partners involved in the project (Benin, Ivory Coast and Cameroon). The main aim of these workshops is to enhance the knowledge of participants to better contribute to sustainable water access and support for agriculture, natural resource conservation, food security and human health. A review workshop will be conducted at the fifth year in order to establish the synthesis of workshops, the evaluation of the project and its impact on the target laboratories and consider prospective.

This project leans on the LMI PICASS'EAU which associates different laboratories from West-Central Africa and France. These laboratories study hydro(geo)logical variability in relation with climate and land-cover changes. They have built a strong background in international collaboration.

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