The computer models which scientists use to project future shifts in climate have mainly been developed by scientists outside of Africa. Scientists therefore have limited understanding of how these tools represent the conditions that are unique to different regions on the African continent.A new network of climate scientists in Africa and the United Kingdom hopes to address this, by fast-tracking model development which will improve the understanding of how these tools represent climate processes in African regions. These researchers will collaborate through the Climate Model Evaluation Hub for Africa.
The Katonga River opens through a wide mouth into the north-western shores of Lake Victoria, about two hours’ drive from the Ugandan capital of Entebbe. Because of the large surface area of the river, and its surrounding wetlands, it is prone to lose a considerable volume of water through evaporation. In a changing climate, rising regional temperatures are likely to increase the rate of evaporation from here, impacting on water flow.
The role of knowledge brokers (also called intermediaries or connectors) is often highlighted as a key enabling factor in bringing together producers and users of weather and climate information to improve the understanding between both groups and work towards improving weather and climate services. Suzanne Carter and Beth Mackay, SouthSouthNorth (SSN), explore what knowledge brokers do in a co-production context and three criteria for success.
Eastern Africa experiences two wet seasons per year; the long rains in March-May, and the short rains in October-December. For much of Eastern Africa the long rains are the major rainfall and primary agricultural season, thus, the decline in the long rains since 1985 has had major socio-economic consequences. In a recent study, within the HyCRISTAL project, specific characteristics of this decline were investigated, and a regional mechanism that explains the decline is proposed.
Dr Rondro Barimalala an oceanographer from Madagascar has been working on a model refining process for a number of years, after she specialised as a climate modeller through her doctoral and post-doctoral studies. More recently, this work has landed her a place on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) global panel of expert climate scientists.
We are excited to share with you Future Climate for Africa's final newsletter for 2019 showcasing the recent work of FCFA in what has been a busy and productive last few months.
City-level officials and politicians inadvertently find themselves at the coal-face of responding to changing climatic conditions, as temperatures around the world continue to climb in response to rising carbon pollution in the atmosphere. It is therefore critical to provide these government officials and technocrats with reliable climate information that is easily digestible and can be integrated into their planning and policy making. Dr Izidine Pinto, a Mozambican climate scientist currently working with the Climate Systems and Analysis Group (CSAG) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa, has spent the past two years trying to do just that.
FCFA sponsored a number of journalists to attend the African Climate Risks Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in October. Below, journalist Sophie Mbugua reflects on her experience.
South Sudan’s farmers are returning to their farms and seeking better livelihoods. A green-powered community radio initiative is broadcasting weather and climate information that guides farmers on when to plant seeds, and so yield the healthiest crops in a changing climate. Isaiah Esipisu reports.
When climate researchers wanted to draw up accessible scientific information to support Lusaka’s city officials, so they can better plan their development responses to include future possible changes in the region’s climate, they decided on a novel approach.