The automatic weather station provides synoptic weather variables such as rainfall, solar radiation, sunshine hours, wind speed and wind direction, air temperature, air pressure, relative humidity and soil temperature at different depths.
Photo: Seyni Salack/WASCAL


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Complex phenomena such as climate change require collecting, evaluating and relating extensive amounts of data from observation networks and research activities. For this purpose, the West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) has developed an extensive data management infrastructure. Our authors show which factors count in such a process when it comes to sustainably securing the flow of data.

Climate change has become one of the most severe challenges to Africa in the 21st century. This is particularly true for West Africa and its Sahel sub-region. Access to data is crucial to enabling the region to develop effective adaptation and mitigation measures and to continue on its way towards sustainable development. For example, to avoid uncontrolled migration causing social and political destabilisation, predictions on population dynamics and applicable estimations of agricultural production are necessary in order to implement programmes providing food security and sustainable livelihoods.

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