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Hydropower plans in eastern and southern Africa increase risk of concurrent climate-related electricity supply disruption

Declan Conway, Carole Dalin, Willem A. Landman and Timothy J. Osborn

Hydropower comprises a significant and rapidly expanding proportion of electricity production in eastern and southern Africa. In both regions, hydropower is exposed to high levels of climate variability and regional climate linkages are strong, yet an understanding of spatial interdependences…

Building Resilience in African Cities: A Think Piece

Spires, M., Kavonic, J., Cullis, J. & Coll Besa, M.

Resilience has become a powerful term, used in multiple contexts, at multiple scales. A mutually understood definition, that all who use it adhere to, is lacking, particularly in relation to the future development of cities, and in the developing world.…

Integrating climate change information into long-term planning and design for critical water-related infrastructure in Windhoek and other African cities

Walker, N., Iipinge, K., Cullis, J., Scott, D., Mfune, J. and Jack, C.

A research team within FRACTAL undertook work on a question that came out of the first Learning Lab: “What climate information is needed for infrastructure design in Windhoek?” The conference paper, Integrating climate change information into long-term planning and design…

Dialogue for decision-making: unpacking the 'City Learning Lab' approach

Julie Arrighi, Bettina Koelle, Monica Coll Besa, Meggan Spires, Jess Kavonic, Dianne Scott, Aynur Kadihasanoglu, Sukaina Bharwani, Chris Jack

The ‘City Learning Lab’ approach described here is designed to facilitate multi-disciplinary problem-solving at the intersection of these two trends across five cities in Southern Africa. It has been developed and is being used by the ‘Future Resilience for African…

Improving hydropower outcomes through system-scale planning: an example from Myanmar

Report prepared for United Kingdom’s Department forInternational Development (DFID) by The Nature Conservancy, WWF and The University of Manchester

This report examines hydropower development in Myanmar to explore a fundamental challenge: how can governments make informed decisions about infrastructure development that will deliver the broadest range of benefits to their people over the long run? Hydropower provides a clear…

The role of storage capacity in coping with intra- and inter-annual water variability in large river basins

Gaupp, F., Hall, J. and Dadson, S.

Societies and economies are challenged by variable water supplies. Water storage infrastructure, on a range of scales, can help to mitigate hydrological variability. This study uses a water balance model to investigate how storage capacity can improve water security in…

Literature Review: The Economics, Political Economy and Behavioural Science of Accounting for Long-term Climate in Decision Making Today

GCAP, Vivid Economics, UK Met Office and Atkins

This report summarises the findings of Phase 1 of the project 'Economics, Political Economy and Behavioural Science of Accounting for Long-term Climate in Decisions Making Today'. It includes a literature review of the barriers to long-term decision-making and identifies practical examples…

Using climate information to achieve long-term development objectives for African ports

George Woolhouse and Darren Lumbroso, HR Wallingford

Port infrastructure is designed for a lifetime of many decades and may be operational in a future climate that will be significantly different to the historical climate used for planning and design. Ports are highly vulnerable to climate-related impacts. Their…