West Africa is very vulnerable to climate change and the reasons proffered include over-dependence on rain fed agriculture, weak governance, inadequate economic and technological development as well as more technical reasons such as the fact that the Global Circulation Models (GCMs) used in simulating the regional patterns of climate are too coarse to reliably project the impacts of climate change in West African. Many gaps still exist that may provide the missing link between the relationship of land use changes, climate stress and possible feedbacks. This evident weakness of the African scientific community to analyse climate change patterns and impacts as well as design and manage strategies and actions to cope and adapt underscores the critical need for concerted efforts in inter-disciplinary scientific research and education to improve or compliment the various studies that have identified the different impacts of climate change and adaptation strategies.
These GSPs would also collaborate with FUT Minna through teaching and student supervision.
The Master of Technology degree in Climate Change and Adapted Land Use is designed to encourage cross-border collaboration in education and research aimed at addressing the impacts of climate change in West Africa in an integrated, cross-disciplinary and multi-sectoral manner. State-of-the-art modelling tools will be used for innovative analysis of environmental and socio-economic data sets to produce quantitative results for predicting and assessing the impacts of climate change with the view towards proffering the most suitable adaptation measures to minimize these impacts. The general philosophy of the course is to produce highly skilled graduates with a broad and deep knowledge of climate change who can effectively apply this knowledge to at least, five climate change impact areas namely, Land Management, Agriculture, Water Resources, Economic resources and West African Climate System that have been identified as being very critical to the sustainable development of the West African sub-region.
To become the leading postgraduate degree programme for educating vibrant young scientists and conducting cross-disciplinary, multi-sectoral and innovative research on Climate Change that aims at bridging the gap in knowledge on the land use changes, climate stress and possible feedbacks.
To produce graduates equipped with the highest quality education and training in the use of innovative research methodologies and application of state-of-the-art digital technologies and modelling tools for assessing climate change impacts with the view of deriving useable climate change scenarios that can guide policy formulation across the West African region.
The Master of Technology degree programme in Climate Change and Adapted Land Use being administered within the framework of WASCAL International capacity building effort which entails collaboration with University of Bonn, Germany with funding support for faculty, students, infrastructural and equipment needs. Students will be admitted from the participating countries and ten (10) of the best applicants would be sponsored by the Federal Government of Germany. As with all other WASCAL International-level GSPs/MSPs, with the completion of the programme, the participants shall:
a) Form the critical mass of young scientists on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use in their various countries with the greatest prospects for seeking admission to commence their PhD in any of the GSP thematic areas;
b) Be able to place the profession in the broad social, economic and environmental perspective of climate change and adapted land use with emphasis on problems in West Africa;
c) Be exposed to the requisite knowledge and skills in the five thematic areas of WASCAL. These thematic areas are West African Climate Systems, Water Resources, Land Management, Agriculture and Economic Resources; and
d) Be able to contribute to the development of innovative approaches to managing natural resources in relation to climate change.