Dr Conni Klein was stuck. She was working with a team of scientists to build a computer model that will help them understand how years of clearing-felling tropical forest in the Ivory Coast, and replacing them largely with mono-crop cocoa plantations might change how clouds form here during the monsoon period, and what this could mean for rainfall.
UMFULA involves over 50 people spread across 13 organisations based in five countries and two continents. In the history of collaborative research, there have been many research consortia of this size and geographical spread - but what makes UMFULA special is its interdisciplinary nature.
The following video presentations were recorded for the Fourth Africa Climate Resilience Investment Summit (ACRIS IV) hosted at the Sandton Conference Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa, from 05th - 07th March 2019.
Welcome to the March 2019 edition of the Future Climate for Africa newsletter
From the 13th - 15th of February team members of FRACTAL met in Cape Town to discuss and reflect on the programme’s work to date, its impact and its future. Highlights include advances in climate science over the region, learning from the nine southern African cities partnered with FRACTAL, and experiences from the network of embedded researchers within these cities.
As the Future Climate For Africa Program enters the final year of its research, it serves as an opportune time to look back and reflect on what has been achieved. This was no different for the team of researchers who attended the final UMFULA meeting, after 4 years of compelling research. The meeting was held from the 19th - 21st November on the shores of Tanzania’s coastline.
The Sahara has slowly been edging its toe southwards for decades, as heavy grazing, farmers cutting trees for firewood, and drought are turning the edge of the semi-arid Sahel region of Africa into a desert. The ‘great green wall’ is an ambitious tree-planting programme that aims to rope in the cooperation of 20 different countries, from Senegal in the west, to Sudan and Eritrea in the east, to throw a wall of green in its path, and arrest the desert’s spread.
When climate and social science researchers sat down with a roomful of city managers and technicians in the Namibian capital of Windhoek in August 2018, someone from the city’s wastewater treatment plant threw them a curve-ball: what, she asked, are the projections for when water temperatures in the city might climb beyond a certain point?
In November, members of WASCAL and AMMA-2050 met with decision makers to develop a roadmap to strengthen linkages between researchers and policymakers in West Africa. Discussions focused on different knowledge-exchange approaches to bridge the science-policy divide, as well as strengthening resilience to climate-related risks within the disaster risk reduction and agricultural sectors across West Africa.
On 13 September an international team of scientists from Kenya, Ghana, Cameroon, South Africa and the United Kingdom travelled to the School of Geography and the Environment (SoGE) in Oxford to discuss an enduring problem: how to improve climate models over Africa.