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Word cloud generated from project description. Credit: Wordle TM
Word cloud generated from project description. Credit: Wordle TM

The project Enhancing Prediction of Tropical Atlantic Climate and its Impacts (PREFACE) is funded by the European Union 7th Framework Programme (FP7-Environment) to improve our understanding of the functioning of the tropical Atlantic climate and our capabilities to predict it and its impacts, with a particular focus on Atlantic African fishing communities.

It is a large project (~€12M) bringing together 28 partners across 18 countries in Europe and Africa with expertise in oceanography, climate modelling and prediction, and fisheries science, and 3 associate partners directly involved in the sustainable management of the three Eastern boundary large marine ecosystems (LME) of the Tropical Atlantic.

PREFACE forms part of a cluster of projects funded by the European Union to investigate climate-related ocean processes and combined impacts of multiple stressors on the marine environment, as a contribution to the pan-European and international goal of achieving the sustainable management of the environment and its resources.

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The information and views set out in this website are those of PREFACE and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the European Union.

Latest News

PREFACE celebrates the launch of the South Atlantic Flagship Initiative between the European Union, Brazil and South Africa. More…


AWA and PREFACE at the UN Ocean Conference in New York (USA), on World Oceans Day 2017: Dr. Patrice Brehmer contributes to the side-event “Africa in Action for Fisheries and Aquaculture facing Climate Change issues”, presenting experience from these associate projects to serve as basis for the establishment of an observatory for fisheries and the marine environment targeting SDG 14 in West African waters. More…


Call for abstracts for YOUMARES, 13-15 September 2017, Kiel, Germany. Targetted for young scientists. Submit by 31.05.2017. More info: HERE.


Check out the PREFACE and SACUS Autumn 2016 survey aboard R/V Meteor from Recife to Walvis Bay weekly reports in EN,PT and DE here.


Declaration « Ocean Climate », signed by the research organisations of West-Africa during the ICAWA 2015 international conference (17-20 Nov. 2015, Dakar) is now available here.

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Upcoming Events

International Workshop on Marine and Atmospheric Sciences in West Africa (with PREFACE side-event), Mindelo, Cabo Verde, 12-17 November 2017 . Find out more at: http://www.cvoo.de/index.php?id=95. Registration deadline: 15th September 2017!


PIRATA 22: Contributing to the understanding and prediction of the Tropical Atlantic Climate, 5-10 November 2017, Fortaleza-Ceará, Brazil. Find out more at: http://www.funceme.br/pirata22/ and be sure to submit your abstract by 15 August 2017!


“THEMES”workshop, 3rd Edition: the interdisciplinary workshop will be held in Venice (Italy), 15-17th November 2017. THEMES aims at paving the way towards improved cooperation between the different groups active in the climatological, ecological and oceanographic investigation of our Planet. This year’s workshop topic will be “Physics and biogeochemistry of marine environments: multiscale analysis of past and present variability”. More information at: http://www.dais.unive.it/~themes/themes_2017/.


AMOS-ICSHMO Conference, Sydney, Australia, 5-9 February 2018. Deadline for abstract submission is 31 August 2017. Find out more at: www.amos-icshmo2018.com.au


IAPSO-IAMAS-IAGA Assembly, Cape Town (ZA), 27/08-01/09 2017 – symposia on air-sea interaction and climate variability: http://www.iapso-iamas-iaga2017.com


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Recent Publications

Hernandez et al., 2017: Modification of sea surface temperature by chlorophyll concentration in the Atlantic upwelling systems.


Ba et al., 2017: Profitability and economic drivers of small pelagic fisheries in West Africa: A twenty year perspective.


Djakouré et al., 2017: Respective roles of the Guinea Current and local winds on the coastal upwelling in the northern Gulf of Guinea.


Junker et al., 2017: Seasonal to interannual variability of water mass fraction and currents on the Namibian shelf.


Kopte et al., 2017: The Angola Current: Flow and hydrographic characteristics as observed at 11°S.


Ndoye et al., 2017: Dynamics of a “low-enrichment high-retention” upwelling center over the southern Senegal shelf


Planton et al., 2017: Main processes of interannual variability of the atlantic cold tongue.


Thiaw et al., 2017: Effect of environmental conditions on the seasonal and inter-annual variability of small pelagic fish abundance off North-West Africa: The case of both Senegalese sardinella.

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