Interdisciplinary Remote Sensing,
Modeling, and Validation
of Environmental Processes

COSPAR Capacity Building Workshop
Kumasi, Ghana — 12-23 June 2017


Interdisciplinary Remote Sensing, Modeling, and Validation of Environmental Processes, COSPAR Capacity Building Workshop
12-23 June 2017, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana

This Capacity Building Workshop, hosted by the West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) under its Graduate Research Programme in Climate Change and Land Use (GRP-CCLU) based at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana, brings together an extensive suite of major international research initiatives to convey a coherent knowledge base and best practices in scientific research to young professionals and graduate students in West Africa. At such a time as this, when space-based interdisciplinary research needs a strong boost in West Africa, these two weeks with experienced professionals are equipping these young scientists to pursue similar collaborative scientific research paradigms within their region. This capacity building initiative provides an excellent avenue to maximize the societal benefits in areas such as agriculture, fire prediction and assessment, air quality, and water resource management. Major American and European space missions are being addressed, including: Landsat, Terra, Aqua, Aura, Meteosat, CALIPSO, and the Sentinel series.

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There are about 30 participants, most of whom are from member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). These participants are mainly young professionals, postdocs, and graduate students (Masters and Ph.Ds), many of whom are either recent graduates or current students of WASCAL-sponsored graduate programs. The objective is to build a strong regional space-based collaborative interdisciplinary research culture that can be carried into the future for sustainable environmental and climate research and applications.


Course # Course Title Lecturer
601 Passive Remote Sensing and GIS Gerald Forkuor
602 Active (Radar, Lidar) Remote Sensing and Image Analysis Jean-Paul Rudant
603 Satellite Products and Interdisciplinary Research in West Africa Charles Ichoku
604 Satellite Climatology and Climate Projections for West Africa Susanne Bauer
605 West African Atmos. Composition and Regional Climate Modeling Richard Damoah
606 West African Monsoon and Precipitation Variability Arona Diedhiou
607 Digital Mapping and Agricultural Applications of Remote Sensing Francis Okeke
608 Field Campaigns and Air Quality Monitoring Anne Thompson
609 Observation, Modeling, and Impacts of Emissions in West Africa Eloïse Marais
610 Observation Networks and Ground-truthing in West Africa Seyni Salack
611 Preparation and Delivery of Presentations Anne Thompson
612 Preparation and Submission of Articles for Publication Eloïse Marais
613 Writing Proposals Successfully Ichoku & Bauer
614 Project (individual or group): Incorporates 610, 611, 612, and/or 613 All
615 General Discussions, Questions & Answers (Q&A) All


Day 8:45 - 10:15 10:30 - 12:00 13:45 - 15:15 15:30 - 17:00 19:00~
12-Jun-2017 (Mon.) Opening (WASCAL)
602-A (Rudant)
615 (All)
13-Jun-2017 (Tue.) 603-A (Ichoku) 604-A (Bauer) 610-A (Salack) 615 (All)
14-Jun-2017 (Wed.) 605-A (Damoah) 606-A (Diedhiou) 609-A (Marais) 614 (All) Methods
15-Jun-2017 (Thu.) 607-A (Okeke) 608-A (Thompson) 609-B (Marais) 614 (All) Select
16-Jun-2017 (Fri.) 604-B (Bauer) 606-B (Diedhiou) 612 (Marais) 614 (All) Outline
17-Jun-2017 (Sat.) Tour
18-Jun-2017 (Sun.) Free Day
19-Jun-2017 (Mon.) 603-B (Ichoku)
607-B (Okeke)
602-B (Rudant)
611 (Thompson)
20-Jun-2017 (Tue.) 601-A (Forkuor) 610-B (Salack) 614 (All) 615 (All)
21-Jun-2017 (Wed.) 605-B (Damoah) 608-B (Thompson) 601-B (Forkuor) 615 (All)
22-Jun-2017 (Thu.) 613 (Ichoku, Bauer) 614 (All) 614 (All) 615 (All)
23-Jun-2017 (Fri.) 614 (All) 614 (All) 615-Eval (All) Closing (WASCAL)
Note: Course # with suffix '-A' = Lecture; suffix '-B' = Lab or Practical work


Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana

The School of Graduate and Research Studies at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana, which is a major WASCAL partner institution that currently hosts the WASCAL graduate research program (GRP) on Climate Change and Land Use (CCLU), provides the ideal venue for this Capacity Building Workshop. The building that currently hosts the WASCAL GRP-CCLU program has several lecture rooms, classrooms, and conference rooms, some of which can accommodate more than 50 people.KNUST Website