Aarhus University (AU), Faculty of Science

Building Resilience of Lake Bosumtwi to Climate Change (RELAB)

Climate change is altering lake ecosystem functions and affecting livelihoods of rural communities dependent on the ecological services of climate-sensitive waterbodies. Anthropogenic pressures may undermine ecosystem resilience and amplify human vul ... First-year report: Successful monitoring of climate, lake physics, chemistry and primary productivity of lake Bosumtwi with state-of-the-art equipment have yielded high-resolution data which indicates persistent stratification and incomplete mix ...

Xenobiotics and heavy metals in Ghana

The project addresses dispersal and effects of heavy metals and xenobiotic substances in the Ghanaian environment, primarily from rapidly increasing activities in informal economic sectors like artisanal mining (ASM) and management of waste electron ... Midterm report: The background concentrations of mercury in soil across the entire country have been obtained. Mercury concentration of soil from two of the local areas have also been determined. The results indicate that there is widespread ...

Projections of climate change effects on Lake Tanganyika (CLEAT)

Lake Tanganyika is an important ecosystem in eastern Africa, which historically has supported one of the world’s most productive freshwater fisheries. However, stocks of important commercial fish have decreased significantly. Scientific evidence sug ... Midterm report 2017: Since 2015 monthly sampling of water quality data has been done along with training of TAFIRI staff and Ph.D. students in the use of field and laboratory equipment. Operating procedures has been documentation. In 2016, a ...

Green Cohesive Agricultural Resource Management (WEBSOC)

The present project proposal wants to promote growth and employment through research on green, cohesive Water, Energy-from-Biomass, Soil, Organics, and Crop (WEBSOC) agricultural management strategies in Ghana, as present agricultural development de ... Midterm report 2016: Present agricultural development in Ghana is dependent on deforestation and show little or no increase in productivity per unit of cultivated land. Also activities in different sectors of the society are not well-integrat ...

Organic Cotton for Employment, Growth and Environment?

We will assess the potential of organic cotton production to improve the livelihoods of millions of poor households in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). These households depend on production, trading, or processing of cotton but are at risk of losing their ... Midterm report 2017: We have collected experimental data on yields, environmental impacts and profitability of different cotton production methods and the results are analysed in several working papers in preparation for publication in scient ...

Effects of Climate Change on Volta Lake Resources (VOLTRES)

Africa is very likely to experience higher temperature increases than the rest of the earth during the 21st century. Extreme rainfall events are predicted to increase for West Africa. Climate change (CC) will influence the ecosystem in lakes by chan ... Project completion report: Average air temperature in the Volta Basin (VB) has increased by about 1.6°C in the historic period (1961 – 2005), with an average increment of about 0.35°C/decade. This is expected to further increase by about 1.4° ...

Interdisciplinary Project on Climate change in Tropical Aquaculture (iAQUA)

To understand how global warming will affect tropical aquaculture, we will study how a temperature rise from the current value of 27-32 °C to 32-37 °C will affect physiological performance, food conversion efficiency and growth in air-breathing fish ... Project completion report: The project exceeded most of its objectives. We planned for 1 Danish PhD and 4 Vietnamese, but end up with 2 Danish (due to kind funding from Faculty of Science and Technology at AU) and with 5 Vietnamese PhD. We ai ...

Building Stronger Universities II – SUZA

Objective: The overall objective of this partnership under BSU II is to enhance SUZA’s capacity in terms of research expertise and support systems and facilities to conduct quality research of direct relevance to the needs of Zanzibar society ...
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