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Evidence of crop production losses in West Africa due to historical global warming in two crop models

Benjamin Sultan, Dimitri Defrance and Toshichika Iizumi

Achieving food security goals in West Africa will depend on the capacity of the agricultural sector to feed the rapidly growing population and to moderate the adverse impacts of climate change. Indeed, a number of studies anticipate a reduction of…

Creating useful and usable weather and climate information - insights from Participatory Scenario Planning in Malawi

Dorothy Tembo-Nhlema, Katharine Vincent and Rebecka Henriksson Malinga

For weather and climate information to be used at the grassroots level, it needs to be effectively interpreted and communicated so that it is both useful and usable. The gap between producers and users, however, has typically not been filled.…

Guide: Approaches to communicating climatic uncertainties with decision-makers

Jordan Harold; Kenny R. Coventry; Emma Visman; Ismahan Soukeyna Diop; Jessica Kavonic; Irene Lorenzoni; Chris Jack; Tanya Warnaars

This guide highlights two approaches used by researchers to communicate climate projections, and associated uncertainties, in west and southern African contexts. It provides descriptions of these approaches, guidance on how best to incorporate them into wider stakeholder engagement processes and contexts, and the constraints and opportunities associated with each approach. The…

Working paper: An Embedded Researcher approach to integrate climate information into decision making in southern African cities: lessons from FRACTAL

Lulu Pretorius; Anna Taylor; Kornelia N Iipinge; Brenda Mwalukanga; Hecrálito Mucavele; Rudo Mamombe; Sandra Zenda; Alice McClure

There is often a disconnection or gap between scientific knowledge and the implementation of actions aimed at addressing related problems. This gap is especially evident in fields with complex interactions between a multitude of factors and actors, such as sustainability…

Press release: Climate change information needed for East African decision-making: Hon James Acidri (Uganda Member of Parliament) and Bob Natifu (Uganda Deputy Commissioner for Climate Change) open the HyCRISTAL “Research into Policy” Conference in Kampala, Uganda, 21-22 May 2019.

John Marsham, Beth Mackay, Gabriela Lopez Gonzalez, Dave Rowell, Barbara Evans, David Macdonald, Ros Cornforth

“Climate Change is already affecting our society and all regions of Uganda,” said Mr. Bob Natifu (Uganda Deputy Commissioner for Climate Change). His keynote address left attendees at the final annual HyCRISTAL (Integrating Hydro-Climate Science into Policy Decisions for Climate-Resilient Infrastructure and Livelihoods…

Press release: Water resources model shows how climate change poses risks to future water availability in Malawi

Declan Conway, Estelle Rouhaud, Beth Mackay, Ajay Bhave

The UMFULA (Uncertainty Reduction in Models for Understanding Development Applications) research group, that is part of the programme Future Climate for Africa, have been investigating how future climate change will affect water resources in Malawi. The UMFULA research team has developed a water…

Press release: Met Office leads ground-breaking research collaboration on modelling African climate, showing enhanced future changes in wet and dry extremes

Jean-Pierre Roux, Zablone Owiti, Beth Mackay, Elizabeth Kendon, Cath Senior, Dave Rowell, John Marsham, Rachel James, Wilfried Pokam

A 4-year investment into one of the most ambitious research collaborations to date that focuses on African climate has delivered far-reaching results to advance international climate science. The international collaboration, led by the Met Office, the UK’s national meteorological service, has developed the first…

Future changes and uncertainty in decision-relevant measures of East African climate

F. Jorge Bornemann, David P. Rowell, Barbara Evans, Dan J. Lapworth, Kamazima Lwiza, David M.J. Macdonald, John H. Marsham, Kindie Tesfaye, Matthew J. Ascott, and Celia Way

The need for the development of adaptation strategies for climate change in Africa is becoming critical. For example, infrastructure with a long lifespan now needs to be designed or adapted to account for a future climate that will be different…

Brief: Designing a process for assessing climate resilience in Tanzania’s Rufiji River basin

Declan Conway, Robel Geressu, Julien Harou, Japhet J. Kashaigili, Laetitia Pettinotti, and Christian Siderius

This brief introduces the concept of climate information and reasons for its use in major decisions about water, energy and agriculture, including new infrastructure investments. It outlines the innovative approach taken in the Rufiji River basin in Tanzania by the…

Think Piece: Exploring perspectives that underpin decisions for southern African urban development – Insights from Lusaka, Zambia

Brenda Mwalukanga, Chipampata Musonda, Wilma S. Nchito, and Gilbert Siame

This is a discussion piece on the preliminary findings of a research process and activity around the values and perceptions of decision-makers on the Kafue Bulk Project. The Kafue Bulk Water Infrastructure project was chosen because of its compelling relative…