Project start: 01.01.2019
Duration: 3 Jahre
Project lead: Harald Kunstmann
Involved scientists: Zhenyu Zhang
University of Tübingen
German Remote Sensing Data Center (DLR)
Overarching goal of SALDi is to implement novel, adaptive, and sustainable tools for assessing land degradation in multi-use landscapes in southern Africa. Spatially distributed information on state variables and on the dynamics of land surface properties will be derived using physically based ground measurements, satellite derived information and modeling approaches. This includes the analysis of atmosphere-land surface interactions. Subproject TP2 focuses on the modeling of these interactions using a regional Earth System Model like WRF-Hydro. We will assess the coupled atmospheric and terrestrial regional water cycle in high spatial resolution for the entire region of southern Africa and derive indicators and measures for land surface-atmosphere interactions. Generated simulation results serve as input data for assessments of erosion risks and for the delineation of degradation scenarios. Besides close cooperation with German SALDi partners we will particularly cooperate with ARC-ISCW as tandem-partner, and with SANParks and the University of Stellenbosch.