Dynamics-aerosol-chemistry-cloud interactions in West Africa
12 July 2018
DACCIWA Newsletter Summer 2018
This newsletter – the seventh of its kind – is part of our effort to communicate our research activities with the scientific community, the general public and policymakers.
Dear Reader
The DACCIWA project is now entering its final half year. A lot of the scientific analyses we are doing is maturing and being written up in papers with new publications coming out almost weekly. You’ll find summaries of selected papers in this newsletter. Parallel to that, we are discussing the policy implications of our work. Our measurements have revealed that particle pollution is reaching dangerous levels in many places in southern West Africa and that this is due to both local sources and a substantial import of biomass burning aerosol from Central Africa. These aerosols also reduce the amount of sunlight reaching the ground, which slows the evolution of the boundary layer and de-creases convective instability.
In addition, we are making preparations for our last DACCIWA project meeting in Yamoussoukro (Ivory Coast) on October 15–17, which will be flanked by stakeholder events in Abidjan, Accra, Lomé and finally Brussels.
Thank you for your continued interest in DACCIWA!
Peter Knippertz, project coordinator