The aim of the CONCERT project is to identify options for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions for West Africa – in parallel with improving food security. In collaboration with German and West African partners (including the University of Augsburg, Forschungszentrum Jülich, West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use - WASCAL), the current flux observation network of WASCAL will be extended, the greenhouse gas emission budget will be estimated and predicted with a fully-coupled regional climate-hydrology-vegetation model, and land use options will be identified that are suitable to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, to increase soil carbon stocks, and to improve food security in the West African Sudan savanna. The CONCERT project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
In the CONCERT project, DFD analyzes Sentinel time series and other satellite data to detect the seasonal and multi-annual dynamics of vegetation structure at different spatial scales. The results are used to determine the greenhouse gas budget and define land use options for West Africa.