Aarhus University (AU), Faculty of Science, Denmark

Building vegetable farmers resilience to climate change

Research project The proposed project seeks to help vegetable farmers adapt to climate change and enhance vegetable production through research on heat, drought and disease tolerant vegetable varieties, soil health, irrigation and water management in vegetable produc ...
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Building Resilience of Lake Bosumtwi to Climate Change (RELAB)

Research project 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 ...
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Xenobiotics and heavy metals in Ghana

Research project 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 electroni ... Midterm report: Analysis of country-scale samples is complete (output 1, outcome 3). It seems likely that soil concentrations have increased significantly in mining communities in Ghana (output 2). We found severe mercury pollution localized i ...
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Organic Cotton for Employment, Growth and Environment?

Research project 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 ...
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Projections of climate change effects on Lake Tanganyika (CLEAT)

Research project 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 sugg ... Midterm report: During the last two years CLEAT partners have gained a much deeper understanding of interactions between human and natural conditions affecting the functioning and fisheries of Lake Tanganyika. Emphasis has been on strengthened ...
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Green Cohesive Agricultural Resource Management (WEBSOC)

Research project 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 dep ... Project Completion Report: New ideas for improving agriculture in Africa have shown great potential. Researchers from two Ghanaian and four Danish universities have completed a research project in Ghana, which points to new solutions to increas ...
Period: 2014-01-1 to 2019-12-31 Countries: Ghana Lead institution: Aarhus University (AU), Denmark Partner institutions: University of Ghana (UG), Ghana University of Cape Coast (UCC), Ghana Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Denmark University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark Project code: 13-01AU Total grant: 9,999,996 DKK
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Effects of Climate Change on Volta Lake Resources (VOLTRES)

Research project 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° ...
Period: 2014-04-30 to 2019-04-29 Countries: Ghana Lead institutions: Aarhus University (AU), Faculty of Science, Department of Bioscience, Denmark The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Ghana Project code: 13-P04-GHA Total grant: 4,979,069 DKK
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Interdisciplinary Project on Climate change in Tropical Aquaculture (iAQUA)

Research project 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 ...
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