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Circulation controls on southern African precipitation in coupled models: The role of the Angola Low

Munday, C., and R. Washington

In southern Africa, models from the latest Coupled Model Intercomparison Project produce a wide variety of rainfall climatologies. Differences between models in rainfall amount reach 70% in the rainy season (December–February; DJF), and the median model overestimates rainfall by between…

HyCRISTAL Second annual meeting

Owiti Zablone

The second HyCRISTAL annual meeting brought project team and other stakeholders together to get to share the progress made and allowed the team to identify and harmonise cross-pillar activities; interact with partners and identify decisions that needs to be made; conduct…

Climate models: What they show us and how they can be used in planning

Climate modelling is a key tool in tackling the effects of climate change. A new guide from the Future Climate for Africa programme – Climate models: What they show us and how they can be used in planning – explains how…

Using qflux to constrain modeled Congo Basin rainfall in the CMIP5 ensemble

A.Creese, R.Washington

Coupled models are the tools by which we diagnose and project future climate, yet in certain regions they are critically underevaluated. The Congo Basin is one such region which has received limited scientific attention, due to the severe scarcity of…

Digibook version (html): Africa's climate

Experts from the Future Climate for Africa programme

Please visit our interactive digibook by clicking here: 2016report.futureclimateafrica.org

Africa's climate: Helping decision-makers make sense of climate information

Future Climate for Africa

African decision-makers need reliable, accessible, and trustworthy information about the continent’s climate, and how this climate might change in future, if they are to plan appropriately to meet the region’s development challenges. The Future Climate for Africa report, Africa’s climate:…

Barriers and opportunities for scientific capacity development on climate change in Africa

Cobben, L., M. New et al.

Africa is one of the most vulnerable continents to climate change and climate variability, a situation aggravated by limited expertise and resources for climate science. Developing Africa’s scientific capacity is crucial for forecasting and preparing for the impacts of climate…

Report of stakeholders workshop - Senegal

Organised by Senegalese Institute for Agricultural Research (ISRA), the workshop "Expect extreme, adapt practices, manage risk and control the impacts of climate change on the Senegalese Agriculture by 2050" invited participants to discuss and elaborate on emerging debates on  preventing the…

Climate model simulation of the South Indian Ocean Convergence Zone: mean state and variability

Melissa J. Lazenby, Martin C. Todd, Yi Wang

Evaluation of climate model performance at regional scales is essential in determining confidence in simulations of present and future climate. Here, we developed a process-based approach focussing on the South Indian Ocean Convergence Zone (SIOCZ), a large-scale, austral summer rainfall…

Identifying climate services needs for national planning: Insights from Malawi

Katharine Vincent, Andrew J. Dougill, Jami L. Dixon, Lindsay C. Stringer & Tracy Cull

The importance of climate services, i.e. providing targeted, tailored, and timely weather and climate information, has gained momentum, but requires improved understanding of user needs. This article identifies the opportunities and barriers to the use of climate services for planning…