German participants

German Aerospace Center - Earth Observation Center

The Earth Observation Center (EOC) - that consists of the German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD) and the Remote Sensing Technology Institute (IMF) - is the core institute of DLR’s earth observation activities.

The German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD) is engaged in research, product development and providing services based on earth observation data from aircraft and satellite platforms. Results of this work support geo-scientific and environmental research and applications as well as commercial customers and civil security needs. Research projects focus on developing methodologies for generating customized data products as well as on the assimilation of data in models. The major fields of application are land use, the environment, civil security, climate and atmosphere, and geographic information systems.

Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR)
Earth Observation Center (EOC)
German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD)
82234 Weßling

University of Augsburg

Faculty of Applied Computer science: Institute of Geography: Chair of Regional Climate and Hydrology

Water and climate - they are of utmost importance for us, our environment and our future. At the Chair of Regional Climate and Hydrology we develop, apply and refine complex modeling systems and new observations techniques to improve our understanding of the water cycle. We use complex hydrological, atmospherical and coupled numerical models for case-studies in sensitive pilot regions, e.g. in the pre-Alpine TERENO observatory or in West Africa within the framework of WASCAL. We also investigate the usage of new opportunistic sensors in hydrometeorology, e.g. data from commercial microwave links which are part of the cellular network, and work on merging these data with observations from traditional sensors like weather radars and meteorological satellites.

The chair is established jointly with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology – KIT - and works in close collaboration with its Institute of Meteorology and Climate research – KIT/IMK-IFU – in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.


Institute of Geography
Department of Regional Climate and Hydrology
University of Augsburg
Alter Postweg 118
86159 Augsburg

Phone: +49 821 598 2751


Weather matters

UBIMET is one of the leading providers of meteorological forecast systems, information and tailor-made services in Europe. UBIMET is specialized on high-precision meteorology and places the highest emphasis on meeting the customers’ demands. Around the clock, 365 days a year, in-situ measurement, weather models, radar and satellite images are analyzed and interpreted by high-performance computing systems and specially trained experts. The major research focus of the in-house R&D department is on the improvement of meteorological nowcasting and forecasting models, assimilation of real-time observational data, situation-based event notifications and information logistics. UBIMET operates several Severe Weather Centers in Europe and Australia. They provide 2.5 million private customers, companies and communities with forecasts and warnings for wind, thunderstorms, heavy rain and hail, via email, SMS and mobile phone applications.


ARES Tower
Donau-City-Strasse 11
A 1220 Vienna

Phone: +43 1 263 11 22


Products and systems for stormwater management and water reuse

The INTEWA GmbH develops innovative and fool-proof ideas for infiltration of rainwater as well as for rainwater and grey water harvesting. We use our expertise and innovation to direct controlled heavy rainfalls and save water. Our goal is a global perspective contribution to establishment in year 1993 we have set new standards with powerful products and systems as a technology leader. INTEWA develops and manufacture products for rainwater and grey water harvesting, water treatment as well as rainwater infiltration trenches. The products can be purchased all around the world through a growing partner and dealer network. INTEWA provides the most efficient solutions for rainwater management in private, public and commercial construction projects. We assist the planner, the system installers and the system operators with best practice in running the system once implemented.

INTEWA Ingenieur Gesellschaft für Energie und Wassertechnik mbH
Auf der Hüls 182
52068 Aachen

Phone: +49 241 966 05 0

African participants

dreyer foundation

The Dreyer Foundation supports people in Burkina Faso on their path out of poverty.

The Foundation’s work concentrates on the Dano region in south-western Burkina Faso. Led by the notion of holism, it introduces broad-based projects in agriculture water management and education on several levels to ensure the interaction of each project’s results. Continuous economic and cultureal development, which is the precondition for the consistent improvement of the people’s living situation, can thus be designed effectively and sustainably.

The central objective is to enable the Burkinabé to improve their situation based on their own efforts and to provide them with the opportunity to lead a self-determined life. That is why the Foundation invests not only in water projects but also in schools and training facilities, health care programs, research projects and, not least, in supporting farm management by cooperatives. In order to plan the future, all of these activities place a strong focus on the advancement of children and young people.


dreyer foundation
Maximilianstraße 10
80539 München

Phone: +49 30 31 01 20 02


With climate change being one of the most severe challenges to Africa in the 21st century, West Africa is facing an urgent need to develop effective adaptation and mitigation measures.

WASCAL (West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use) is a large-scale research-focused Climate Service Centre designed to help tackle this challenge and thereby enhance the resilience of human and environmental systems to climate change and increased variability. It does so by strengthening the research infrastructure and capacity in West Africa related to climate change and by pooling the expertise of eleven West African countries and Germany.

Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), WASCAL is implemented in a collaborative effort by West African and German partners.

The Competence Centre, a newly established institute in West Africa, carries out research and provides science-based advice to policymakers and stakeholders on climate change impacts, mitigation, and adaptation measures. The Core Research Programme complements the scientific activities of the Competence Center, and is implemented by a network of German and West African research institutes. The Graduate Studies Programme, involving the creation of graduate schools in twelve Universities in West Africa, contributes to the education of the next generation of African scientists and policy makers in the field of climate change related issues and land management.



West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL)
Competence Centre, BP 9507, Ouagadougou 06, Ouagadougou,
Burkina Faso

Phone: +226 25 37 54 23/29/39


Telcel Faso (TELECEL) is the third largest mobile phone provider in Burkina Faso. TELECEL provides a 2G mobile network nationwide and has a growing 3G network. TELECEL’s CML network consists of several hundred routes distributed throughout Burkina Faso. TELECEL has been cooperating with the University of Ouagadougou for several years and provided the data for the first publication on precipitation determination from CML data in Africa. This system runs at TELECEL successful for about 2 years.



Telecel Faso SA
Avenue de la Nation
08 BP 11059 Ouagadougou 08
Burkina Faso


University of Ouagadougou

The University Joseph KI-ZERBO is a public establishment of scientific, cultural and technical nature (Etablissement public à caractère scientifique, culturel et technique: EPSTC). It is the oldest and largest university in Burkina Faso. The University Joseph-KI-ZERBO, founded in 1974, has today 44,860 students, 698 permanent teacher/researchers and 647 administrative, technical, labour and support staff. The strategic vision of the university institution by 2033 is to “be an efficient and competitive pole of university services in Africa”. It has five (05) Training and Research Units (UFR), six (06) Institutes and four (04) Doctoral Schools.

The AgRain Project is located at the Materials and Environment Laboratory (LAME). The LAME laboratory, founded in October 1997, is the division where the first PhDs in Physics were trained in Ouagadougou. These are the ones who are currently in charge of the UFRs, Schools, Institutes, Departments etc. in Universities and Research Centers. LAME has 32 teacher/researchers and researchers who supervise 40 PhD students organized in three (3) research teams:

  • Plasma and Energy Team (PEnerg) on the following themes: Plasma in electrical power cut-off devices; Plasma-Environment Interaction; Solar Energy; Alternative Energy; Conventional Energy.
  • Heterogeneous Environment and Arid Environment Team (MHEA) on the following topics: Heterogeneous Environment; Arid Environment and Climate Change; Water and Sanitation; Soil Physics and Mechanics.
  • Matter and Radiation Team (MatRay) on the following topics: Ionizing and non-ionizing radiation; Gamma spectrometry; Signals and propagation; Materials Science; Space meteorology.

It is the MatRay team that initiated and implemented, in 2012, for the first time in Africa, the rainfall quantification technique using commercial cell phone links.

University of Ouagadougou Laboratoire de Matérieaux es Environment (LAME)

Tel: (+226) 25 30 70 64/65

ANAM: Agence Nationale de la Météorologie - Burkina Faso

The National Meteorological Agency (ANAM) founded in 1972 is an independent administrative institution with legal personality and financial and management autonomy. It is placed under the technical supervision of the Ministry in charge of transport and has as its missions and attributions, the regulation, planning, control and implementation of meteorological and climatic policy throughout the national territory, in accordance with the provisions of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and national laws and regulations governing the activities of the meteorological sector.

Center of Water Management and Climate Change

Agence Nationale de la Météorologie
01 BP 576 Ouagadougou
Burkina Faso

Phone: +226 2535 6039