Project start: 01.08.2021

Duration: 3 years

Funding: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Project lead: Harald Kunstmann, Jan Bliefernicht

Involved scientists: Manuel Rauch, Windmanagda Sawadogo

Project partners:

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Technical University of Munich

United Nations University - Institute for Environment and Human Security

Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science and Technology

Université d'Abomey-Calavi

Université of Lomé

Université Félix Houphouet-Boigny

Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar


The FURIFLOOD project analyzes the impact of current and future flood events in West Africa in urban regions for a better understanding of future risks for humans and the environment. The University of Augsburg is involved in the FURIFLOOD project in the development of a novel database for past precipitation and runoff extremes and their statistical analysis and regionalization. In addition, stochastic methods for simulating high-resolution precipitation fields and improved statistical methods for downscaling regional climate projections are being developed. Furthermore, the University of Augsburg supports the development of a digital platform for decision-makers in West Africa and its on-site implementation. The FURIFLOOD research work is part of the WASCAL (West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use) program and it is carried out in close cooperation with leading German and West African research institutions. The approaches chosen in FURIFLOOD make it possible to build up regional expertise on extreme flooding in West Africa and to implement it in the WASCAL competence center.


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