Arona Diedhiou

Institut de recherche pour le développement, France


Since 1999, permanent scientist position as researcher at IRD (Institute of Research for Development; Grenoble; France) with a background in atmospheric physics. Currently working on the atmospheric environment associated to rainy events over Africa and variability of climate related extreme events including floods, drought, sand and dust storms using satellite data and reanalyses as well as regional, global models outputs. In 2004, I was a supervisor of two PhDs defended on 2006: one on the variability of convection in the West African monsoon and another one, on the relations between West African climate features and cyclonic activity over the Atlantic. Since 2008, I am the supervisor of a third PhD on the representation of rainy systems over West Africa in the atmospheric models. Based in Niamey, Niger from July 2003 to July 2007 for the coordination of the AMMA International Program (African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analyses) in Africa, I was the Chief of the Principal AMMA Operational Centre in charge of the deployment of scientific instruments over West Africa, of support to the operations and of collaboration with the local institutions. Other contributions to the implementation of AMMA International Program : >Member of the International Executive Committee >Member of the International Scientific Steering Committee >Member of AMMA-Africa executive Bureau Since 2007, I am the principal coordinator of the program RIPIECSA (Interdisciplinary Research on the Interactions between Ecosystems, Climate, and Societies in West Africa) funded by the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs to support research projects in West and Central Africa on interactions between societies and their environment in a context of climate change and variability.

Biography Updated on 27 February 2011

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