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Jean-Bosco with our Colleague Gerald

Within the framework of the WASCAL project Jean-Bosco from Burkina Faso who is doing his PhD at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana  arrived in Würzburg the 30th of May to visit his PhD supervisor, intensify literature review and improve knowledge in Remote Sensing. Especially he improved specific skills on how to assess vegetation response under rainfall variability and land use / cover change in the south-west of Burkina Faso. Thus, his training included the pre-processing and analysis of MODIS NDVI and EVI time series using TiSeG and TIMESAT. He assessed the response of different land use/land cover types to rainfall variability and an article titled “Land use/cover response to rainfall variability: a comparing analysis between NDVI and EVI in the south-west of Burkina Faso” is ongoing. He also carried out an analysis of the vegetation persistence under land use/cover and rainfall variability in the south-west of Burkina Faso with the production of vegetation persistence map. The remaining task is to relate this map with biophysical parameters such as soil, mean annual rainfall, temperature, LULC… in order to determine the degree of their influence on vegetation dynamic.

Apart from the PhD research, his stay in Würzburg also included relaxing activities such as the visit of historic monuments and farming activities around Würzburg, as well as climbing activities like the “Kletterwald Einsiedel”. He also made a lot of Germans friends and learnt more about life and people in Germany. Globally, his stay in Würzburg was fruitful and improves his research activities. He left Würzburg for this first period the 29th of August and plans to come back soon to continue this enriching experience.

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