The Coordinated Regional Downscaling Experiment (CORDEX) program was recently established by the World Climate Research Program (WCRP). The aim of CORDEX is to develop an international coordinated framework for generating improved regional climate change projections worldwide. Results from the CORDEX analysis will be used as input to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report as well as to meet the growing demand for high-resolution downscaled projections to inform climate change impact and adaptation studies.

For Africa, CORDEX presents an unprecedented opportunity to advance knowledge of regional climate responses to global climate change, and for these insights to feed into on-going climate adaptation and risk assessment research and policy planning in the region. The keys to success of this initiative in Africa will be in developing a means for analysis and translation of CORDEX data in terms that are relevant to Africa’s knowledge needs, and in developing capacity within Africa to interpret, analyze, and properly apply downscaled climate model results from CORDEX.

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CORDEX-Africa training programme
In response to the critical need for data analysis and capacity development, a consortium of organizations consisting of the WCRP, the University of Cape Town’s Climate Systems Analysis Group (CSAG), START, the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, the Swedish Meteorological-Hydrological Institute, and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network initiative have developed an analysis and training program to provide an initial assessment of CORDEX output that is regionally focused and prioritized to Africa’s knowledge needs.

The training programme, which will be convened in early 2011, will focus on skill development in working with climate model results, analysis of CORDEX datasets, and compilation and writing of analytical results. Participants in the training programme will be grouped into teams according to the sub-regions they represent and their respective areas of expertise. Teams will be multi-disciplinary, consisting of individuals from the physical sciences as well as from the vulnerability, impacts, and adaptation research community.

Participants will also be involved in outreach and communication to key stakeholder groups in Africa to promote awareness raising and understanding of CORDEX results, and their implication for adaptation planning. These outreach activities are made possible by support from the Climate and Development Knowledge Network-Africa initiative.