THE SAHEL: A CLIMATE LABORATORY (English subtitles)     Fig

Documentary on the colaboration between TROPA and the University Cheik Anta Diop de Dakar (Producciones Divinas)

HERE with subtitles in Spanish


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TROPA UCM has a strong collaboration with the Laboratory of Atmospheric and Oceanic Physics Simeon Fongang. Since 2011, TROPA has developed different activities.

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Members of TROPA with Ibrahima Diouf (Senegal), Coumba Niang (Senegal) and Joaquim Xavier (Angola) during their stay in Madrid.

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Belén Rodríguez and Elsa Mohino during their 2016 stay in the Laboratory Simeon Fongang at University Cheick Anta Diop in Dakar (Senegal). On the left with Dr. Dauda Badian and on the right with the PhD students to whom Elsa and Belén gave a course on Data Analysis.

1. Educational Activities:
  • 1.a Formation of PhD students. Under different cooperational programs (UCM, CSIC, Erasmus Mundus) we have funded the visit of students to the UCM. Under our supervision, the PhDs of Coumba Niang and Ibrahima Diouf were completed.
  • 1.b Courses of data analysis.

2. Research Activities

  • 2.1. Research on rainfall variability
- Intraseasonal variability, in relation to the MJO
- Seasonal variability in relation to the SST forcing on the West African Monsoon
- Statistical prediction of west African Monsoon anomalies
- Precipitation extremes

  • 2.2. Research on SST variability
- Causes of the interannual variability of coastal upwelling area sea surface temperature variability

  • 2.3 Climate and health
- Variability of malaria parameters in Senegal and Sahel
- Prediction of malaria parameters based on SST variability.


1. Title of the project: Impact of the MJO on West Africa in the CMIP5 simulations
Reference : COOPA20025
From: March 2014 up to: September 2014
Finantial Entity : CSIC, Spain
Quantity : 9700 €
Principal Investigator: Dra. Belén Rodríguez Fonseca

2. Title of the project: Actualization of resources at the Simeon Fongang Laboratory of Atmospheric and Ocean Physics at UCAD (Senegal)
Reference: 63 from the IX UCM Call for Cooperation and Development Projects 2012
Finantial Entity: Complutense University of Madrid, UCM
Quantity: 20.534€
From May 2013 up to September 2014
Principal Investigator: Dra. Elsa Mohino Harris

3.Title of the project: Creation and Donation of a forecast statistical model of Sahel rainfall
Reference :VR: 101/11
From 2011 up to 2012
Finantial Entity: Complutense University of Madrid, UCM
Quantity: 29.340. €
Principal Investigator: Dra Belén Rodríguez de Fonseca

Title of the project: "Continuación de la Cooperación en Investigación, Educación y Desarrollo Tecnológico con el Laboratorio de Física de la Atmósfera y el Océano Simeon Fongang de la Universidad Cheik Anta Diop de Dakar"
Reference: XII Convocatoria de Proyectos de Cooperacion para el Desarrollo de la UCM
Cofunded: 7% by interMET
Finantial Entity: Complutense University of Madrid. UCM
Quantity: 19 990 €
Principal Investigator: Dra Belén Rodríguez de Fonseca