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Implications of improved representation of convection for the East Africa water budget using a convection permitting model

Declan L. Finney, John H. Marsham, Lawrence S. Jackson, Elizabeth J. Kendon, David P. Rowell, Penelope M. Boorman, Richard J. Keane, Rachel A. Stratton and Catherine A. Senior

The precipitation and diabatic heating resulting from moist convection make it a key component of the atmospheric water budget in the tropics. With convective parametrisation being a known source of uncertainty in global models, convection-permitting (CP) models are increasingly being…

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…

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…

Think Piece: Exploring perspectives that underpin decisions for southern African urban development - Insights from Harare, Zimbabwe

Chipo Plaxedes Mubaya, Rudo Mamombe, and Mzime Regina Ndebele-Murisa

The entry point into the discussion on exploring perspectives and underpinnings for decision-making in water related issues in the city of Harare is premised on the understanding that water is a central commodity, which is key for the development of…

Brief: Projecting future water availability in Lake Malawi and the Shire River basin

Ajay G. Bhave, Lauren Bulcock, Suraje Dessai, Declan Conway, Graham Jewitt, Andy J. Dougill, Seshagiri Rao Kolusu and David Mkwambisi

Malawi is highly dependent on water from Lake Malawi and the Shire River basin (Figure 1). Over 90% of Malawi’s electricity depends on outflows from the lake into the Shire River which feed three existing hydropower plants – Tedzani, Nkula…

The Story of Water in Windhoek: A Narrative Approach to Interpreting a Transdisciplinary Process

Dianne Scott, Kornelia N. Iipinge, John K. E. Mfune, Davison Muchadenyika, Olavi V. Makuti, and Gina Ziervogel

The aim of the paper is to present a story about the 2015 to early 2017 Windhoek drought in the context of climate change while using the narrative approach. The story that is presented here is derived from the engagement…

Learning from South Africa's recent summer rainfall droughts: How might we think differently about response?

Emma R. M. Archer

The 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 summer rainfall seasons in South Africa, as well as in the Southern African Development Community region more widely, are generally agreed to be the most severe droughts on record since those of the early 1980s and…

The ‘Day Zero’ Cape Town drought and the poleward migration of moisture corridors

Pedro M. Sousa , Ross C. Blamey , Chris J.C. Reason, Alexandre M. Ramos, and Ricardo M. Trigo

Since 2015 the greater Cape Town area (∼3.7 million people) has been experiencing the worst drought of the last century. The combined effect of this prolonged dry period with an ever-growing demand for water culminated in the widely publicized ‘Day…

The El Niño event of 2015–2016: climate anomalies and their impact on groundwater resources in East and Southern Africa

Seshagiri Rao Kolusu, Mohammad Shamsudduha, Martin C. Todd, Richard G. Taylor, David Seddon, Japhet J. Kashaigili, Girma Y. Ebrahim, Mark O. Cuthbert, James P. R. Sorensen, Karen G. Villholth, Alan M. MacDonald, and Dave A. MacLeod

The impact of climate variability on groundwater storage has received limited attention despite widespread dependence on groundwater as a resource for drinking water, agriculture and industry. Here, we assess the climate anomalies that occurred over Southern Africa (SA) and East…