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Research priorities - Africa

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Africa

Africa is one of the most vulnerable continents to climate variability and change due to multiple stresses and low adaptive capacity. However, there are still uncertainties about how climate might change over the continent and the impacts on water, food, health, development and biodiversity.

Africa represents a priority research area for the Walker Institute. Many groups across the University have expertise in Africa, including groups in meteorology, geography, agriculture, biological sciences and statistics.

Areas of research

Weather and climate

 

Food and crops

Improving our understanding of African weather and climate - this includes research into the global drivers of African climate; enhancing the observational platforms with fields campaigns and satellites; improving the prediction of climate over Africa.

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See feature on Horn of Africa drought>>

Lead scientists: Dr Ros Cornforth, Dr Charlie Williams

 

Assessing impacts on food and crops - crop modelling, water and land management

Lead scientists: Professor Tim Wheeler, Dr Emily Black

Adaptation and development

 

Capacity building

This includes research into the use of weather and climate data in decison-making, the practicality of potential adaptation measures as varied as index insurance and resettlement, and ways of enhancing rural livelihoods to increase resilience to change.

Lead scientists: Dr Alex Arnall, Dr Henny Osbahr, Dr Emily Boyd, Dr Sarah Cardey, Dr Ruth Evans

 

Supporting capacity building - this includes aspects of training and development addressed to farmers and researches and also aspects of communication and policy engagement.

Lead scientists: Dr Roger Stern

 
 
 

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