Climate change predictions in Sub-Saharan Africa: impacts and adaptations

Time span of the project    2010-2014
Contact personDr Lia van Wesenbeeck
Project partners
Centro Euro-Mediterraneo per i Cambiamenti Climatici, Italy;  Lunds Universitet, Sweden; Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique, France ; Max Planck Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der Wissenschaften, Germany; Faculty of Science (VU); Centre Tecnologic Forestal de Catalunya, Spain; Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany; Centre de Cooperation International en Recherche Agronomique pour le Developpement, France; FAO, Rome; SOW –VU; Unite de Recherche sur la Productivite des Plantations Industrielles, Congo; University of Cape Town, South Africa; University of Malawi, Malawi; University of Lomé, Togo; Agricultural Research Corporation, Sudan; Igad Centre for Climate Prediction and Application, Kenya; Council for Scientific and Industrial Research - Crops Research Institute, Ghana; Cerpinedd Centre d'Etude de Recherche et de Production en Information pour L'environnement et le Developpement Durable, Burkina Faso
Project sponsorEU (7th framework)
Project website

ClimafricaClimAfrica is conceived to respond to the urgent international need for the most appropriate and up-to-date tools to better understand and predict climate change, assess its impact on African ecosystems and population, and develop the correct adaptation strategies. 

Africa is probably the most vulnerable continent to climate change and climate variability and shows diverse range of agro-ecological and geographical features. Thus the impacts of climate change can be very high and will greatly differ across the continent, and even within countries. 

The project's focus is on the following specific objectives: 

(a) Develop improved climate predictions on seasonal to decadal climatic scales, especially relevant to SSA; 

(b) Assess climate impacts in key sectors of SSA livelihood and economy, especially water resources and agriculture; 

(c) Evaluate the vulnerability of ecosystems and civil population to inter-annual variations and longer trends (10 years) in climate; 

(d) Suggest and analyse new suited adaptation strategies, focused on local needs; 

(e) Develop a new concept of 10 years monitoring and forecasting warning system, useful for food security, risk management and civil protection in SSA; 

(f) Analyse the economic impacts of climate change on agriculture and water resources in SSA and the cost-effectiveness of potential adaptation measures.