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People-focussed hub aims to improve African climate modelling

18 December 2019 // Climate information, Climate science

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.

Understanding future river flows in Lake Victoria Basin

17 December 2019 // Climate information, Extreme weather, Marine and Coastal, Water

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 important role of knowledge brokers in the co-production of climate information

09 December 2019 // Climate information, Knowledge creation and management

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.

New paper links rainfall decline over Eastern Africa to shorter wet seasons

25 November 2019 // Climate information, Climate science

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.

Refining east African climate models leads to IPCC authorship for FCFA Early Career Researcher

18 November 2019 // Climate information, Climate research, Climate science

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.

Newsletter November 2019

13 November 2019 // Agriculture, Cities, Climate adaptation, Climate information, Climate science, Knowledge creation and management

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.

FCFA Early Career Researcher gets platinum level IPCC experience

11 November 2019 // Climate information, Climate research, Climate science

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.

We are not short of climate knowledge, let’s act on it!

04 November 2019 // Climate information, Knowledge creation and management, Politics and Governance

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.

Solar-powered community radio aids farmers in South Sudan

04 November 2019 // Agriculture, Climate information, Livelihoods

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.

Co-production manual shows how Lusaka identified that water is its ‘burning’ climate issue

28 October 2019 // Cities, Climate information, Climate science

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.