Bernard Minoungou, Hydrological Modelling Assistant

Bernard Minoungou worked for two years at the General Directorate of Water Resources of Burkina Faso. His role was to follow the hydrometric network, to produce information on water resources. He is currently working for the AGRHYMET Regional Centre and his role is to carry out hydrological modelling to define and quantify the dominant hydrological processes in the main river basins of West Africa, with a view to implement forecasting and producing information on water. In view of this role, part of his work is to improve climate products by combining satellite data with ground observation stations. He uses hydrological rainfall-runoff models such as SWAT and HYPE. At the operational level, we force hydrological models with climate data.

Dr Charlène Olayèmi Ursula Gaba, PDRA in Hydrological modelling and Hydro-informatics

I am a specialist in Climate Change and Water Resources. A dynamic, creative and highly motivated research scientist, I am also an excellent team player and strong builder of collaborations. I am very much passionate about topics related to water, sanitation, climate change, land use, sustainable development and personally engaged in empowering women in science. I have worked on evaluating how good have some past climate projections been over West Africa. Within BRECcIA, I will be contributing to the implementation of a multi-hydrological models platform for West Africa in order to improve water and food security. 

Dr Agossou Gadedjissou, Postdoctoral Fellow in Crop modelling on BRECcIA project at AGRHYMET

I am an agronomist, with a PhD in integrated management of soil and water with a focus on assessing crop yield response to water in West Africa. I am an expert on crop modelling (with previous experience on AquaCrop) and soil-water-crop interaction processes. I am proficient in using R and have basic knowledge of Matlab. I have also expertise in assessing climate change impact on agriculture production.

In the BRECcIA project, at AGRHYMET I am supposed to use AquaCrop to:

– Assess Spatio-temporal variability in the yield in West Africa (seasonal-, short- and long-term projection);

– Understand and map yield gap in West Africa;

– Map crop suitability across the West Africa region given landscape and climate factors.

We have also to keep in mind that the AquaCrop model will be coupled with the hydrological models used in BRECcIA.