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Land-Atmosphere Initiative by Mind Map: Land-Atmosphere
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Land-Atmosphere Initiative


Land-atmosphere climatology

year-round data on land-atmosphere coupling hot spots, more on factors that promote stratus formation

Water /soil

hydrogeology of SE Senegal and across to N Nigeria

Stakeholders especially in Africa

best practice recommendations for up-scaling in Kenya, how to not get bogged down in land tenure issues and conflict in West Africa

Development and social science

is it realistic to re-water 400km sq of SE Senegal with multiple stakeholders, Would the WWF LOAM approach work?

Global warming mitigation efforts

Can this be mainstreamed in 4 continents? How?

Peer reviewed refs

The basic idea

More soil moisture means more clouds in SOME semi-arid regions

Cooling impacts

More rain

Longer growing season


Rainwater harvesting etc upstream means less flooding downstream

More soil moisture is good for agriculture, forestry, wetlands etc

Call outcomes ACHIEVED

1. Ways to contact each other

NO email group for now - blog will minimise emails,

Contact details on this mind map, eg see David Grimes opposite

2. Meeting Jan 19/31

Tue Jan 20 could be good in London

Jan tue26-27/30mon/31tue Leeds open a climate institute

3. Clarity about existing synergies

research synergies within UK, planning group to work on this

support for field NGOs + Africa stakeholders, planning group to work on this

4. Low effort planning group

For next 8 weeks

4 people ; 1 hour per week; Ray+meteorol+hydrol+Joe Devine

using blog

5. Who else do we want within UK?

Ideas on this blog please (click the arrow) or direct to Ray.

Walker Institute?, Nigel Arnell!!, bill adams, cambridge, west africa, wasting the rain

Climate and Development group?

WWF, LOAM methodology

NEF Andrew Simms

Mike Mortimore, Drylands research

6. Best next steps?

Task focus, Ray to focus on Dakar / Kenya?, Royal Society call?, Colorado?, The French!, UN bods, Create a bigger UK group?, Find an admin hero?, LWEC, Seek / request African leadership

Clarify doable research questions

Get something on paper

Steve dobbie to talk to land surface people ? dissertation student

EITHER - consortium bid OR keep in touch as a group working on allied themes

Clarity - vision - what's the push - easy for each academic and NGO to see their exact role

Identify west africa collaborators and stakeholders



How to use this mind map

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Editing a Mind Map and adding your contact info as a note, My Geistesblitzes, Check out, Welcome!, Get started!, Use toolbar to add ideas, Key shortcuts, INS to insert (Windows), TAB to insert (Mac OS), ENTER to add siblings, DEL to delete, All key shortcuts, Drag & Drop and double-click canvas, Find out more? Try, To simply add another box next to this one, click HERE and click on the ADD button above., Now hit enter twice, Add your contact details by clicking on a name box below, then Extras at the right and select Notes., Then just type!, I added a note just after my name - please click it, Ray

Supportive UK people


Ian Neal, ED

Hydro-geology / soil

Dr Richard Taylor

Dr Jeff Davies

Dr Robin Matthews

Development / economics

Dr Caroline Sullivan

Dr Declan Conway

Dr Joe Devine

Prof Bill Slee

Dr Evan Frazer


Dr Steve Dobbie

Dr Sietse Los

Prof Peter Cox

Hydrometeorologists and Africa

Dr David Grimes

Dr Richard Harding

Dr Chris Taylor

IT and sense-making

TBC Essence Project

The project

Senegal + Gambia


rest of West Africa








What is it?

Water and landscape work in semi-arid regions + research to inform it:

Research that investigates viabity of mitigation through land surface chage

Research that supports actual resilience work with stakeholders (+ scaling up)

Outcomes within 10 years:

Famine resilience

Global warming mitigation

Flood reduction