The decision making space for adaptation is increasingly awash in climate data but the ability to appropriately transition data into actionable information is lagging, leading to a high potential for misapplication of climate data to adaptation planning and possible maladaptation. Thus there is a strong need for inclusive and context appropriate approaches for developing credible, actionable and defensible climate messages. CORDEX-Africa seeks to address this challenge through activities that strengthen skills and knowledge in Africa for interrogating climate data, and that cultivate cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary engagement of experts from climatology and hydro-meteorology, as well as from biophysical and social sciences.
CORDEX-Africa also creates space where climate data suppliers and users can come together to better understand the decision making context into which climate information is needed, and create understanding of how to transform climate data into usable information. A February 2013 workshop in Tanzania, led by START and the University of Cape Town’s Climate Systems Analysis Group (CSAG), advanced this objective through piloting a methodology on integrating climate and non-climate information streams for understanding risks in coupled human-natural systems. The workshop involved interdisciplinary teams from Addis Ababa, Kampala, Dar es Salaam, Maputo, and Lusaka, consisting of technical experts in meteorology/ climatology, agriculture, water resource management, disaster risk management, and land-use planning within government, university, and nongovernment spheres. The workshop’s focus was on peri-urban areas of these five cities, which typify the intensive land-use pressures from urban encroachment that African cities are facing. The step-wise process developed through the workshop allowed the city teams to identifying critical vulnerabilities in livelihoods, infrastructure, and services of their peri-urban environments that then provided a contextual basis for identifying climate sensitivities to which they could integrate climate information.
Following out of this workshop, CSAG and START are developing e-learning materials that will allow data from CORDEX and other climate models to be used across disciplines and decision- making contexts. The materials use place-based approaches to examine climate sensitivities related to, among other things, food production, water resource management infrastructure, and flood risk management. For more information about the global CORDEX initiative and to read three collaborative CORDEX-Africa peer reviewed publications, visit http://wcrp-cordex.ipsl.jussieu.fr.
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Last Updated on February 27th, 2014