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Studying changes of sea level and water storage for coastal regions in West-Africa, using satellite and terrestrial data sets (COAST)

The project "Studying changes of sea level and water storage for coastal regions in West-Africa, using satellite and terrestrial data sets (COAST)" applies an integrative approach to research water storage and -fluxes, as well as sea level changes at the regional scale in West Africa. The project is funded by the DFG and was approved in 2015 ( The project focuses on the use of remote sensing datasets (such as GRACE total water storage data, SMOS soil moisture data and TRMM precipitation data, among others). Furthermore, local observations as well as results generated using distributed hydrological models are used.

Transregio 32: "Patterns in Soil-Vegetation-Atmosphere Systems: monitoring, modelling and data assimilation"

Subproject C1 - Spatio-temporal variability of catchment properties and their effect on water, solute, and CO2 fluxes from the micro to the mesoscale:

The cycling of energy, water and carbon through soil, vegetation and atmosphere influences the distribution and quality of life on Earth. With the rapid growth of the world population and its needs, the sustainable and efficient management of our natural resources becomes more important than ever. The Transregional Collaborative Research Centre 32 focuses on a better understanding of the processes and interdependencies within and between soil, vegetation and the atmosphere which will lead to more reliable weather and climate models and more accurate predictions for water and CO2 transport to support an improved management of natural resources. 

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IMPETUS - An integrated approach to the efficient managment of scarce water resources in west africa (2000-2011)

The interdisciplinary research project IMPETUS examines since mid-2000 the main aspects of the water cycle on the basis of two river catchment areas in Benin and Morocco. The main objective is to enable to our partner countries a sustainable management of scarce resource "water".

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Graduiertenkolleg 437: "Analysis and parameterization of landscape attributes for soil erosion modelling" 

Landform - a structured and variable boundary surface.

"Regional simulation in the hydrology - quantification of the errors and uncertainties"

"Regionalization in the Hydrology"- a project in the context of the DFG

Workpackage 3 of the IRMA-SPONGE subproject FRHYMAP (Flood risk and hydrological mapping)

"Sonderforschungsbereich 350": Reciprocal effects of continental material systems and its modelling