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Rosalind Cornforth, Douglas J. Parker, Mariane Diop-Kane, Andreas H. Fink, Jean-Philippe Lafore, Arlene Laing, Ernest Afiesimama, Jim Caughey, Aida Diongue-Niang, Abdou Kassimou, Peter Lamb, Benjamin Lamptey, Zilore Mumba, Ifeanyi Nnodu, Jerome Omotosho, Steve Palmer, Patrick Parrish, Leon-Guy Razafindrakoto, Wassila Thiaw, Chris Thorncroft, and Adrian Tompkins

for the forecaster. The chapter brings new research from AMMA into forecasting, such as the dependence of measures of daily maximum/minimum temperatures on soil moisture and new observations of wind shear in the lower boundary layer. Topics discussed include gravity waves, inertial oscillations, land–sea breezes and related cloudiness, winds and convective initiation related to land surface characteristics, surface energy fluxes, low-level shear, and fog. A critical forecasting element influencing

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Mimi Stith, Alessandra Giannini, John del Corral, Susana Adamo, and Alex de Sherbinin

: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2007.01356.x . Rasmussen, K. , Fog B. , and Madsen J. E. , 2001 : Desertification in reverse? Observations from northern Burkina Faso . Global Environ. Change , 11 , 271 – 282 , doi: 10.1016/S0959-3780(01)00005-X . Raynaut, C. , Grégoire E. , Janin P. , Koechlin J. , and Delville P. L. , 1997 : Societies and Nature in the Sahel . Routledge, 351 pp . Reij, C. P. , and Smaling E. M. A. , 2008 : Analyzing successes in agriculture and land management in

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