GSD/CIRES researcher awarded Outstanding Scientific Publication

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October 12, 2018

GSD/CIRES researcher Dominikus Heinzeller and co-authors have been awarded the First Prize for an Outstanding Scientific Publication for their article: "The West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Use (WASCAL) high-resolution regional climate simulation ensemble for West Africa: concept, dissemination and assessment," published 23 April 2018 in Earth System Science Data.

The award was given by the "Verein der Freunde und Förderer des Instituts fur Meteorologie und Klimaforschung" (Society of Friends and Sponsors of the Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research) and will be presented at the annual meeting in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, on October 12, 2018.

Abstract Climate change and constant population growth pose severe challenges to 21st century rural Africa. Within the framework of the West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL), an ensemble of high-resolution regional climate change scenarios for the greater West African region is provided to support the development of effective adaptation and mitigation measures. This contribution presents the overall concept of the WASCAL regional climate simulations, as well as detailed information on the experimental design, and provides information on the format and dissemination of the available data. All data are made available to the public at the CERA long-term archive of the German Climate Computing Center (DKRZ) with a subset available at the PANGAEA Data Publisher for Earth & Environmental Science portal ( A brief assessment of the data are presented to provide guidance for future users.

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