Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Localised climate data for African villages

African cities and villages will soon have access to detailed data on how climate change may affect them . The Coordinated Regional Climate Downscaling Experiment (CORDEX), an initiative of the World Meteorological Organization and the World Climate Research Programme, aims to provide localised projections about impacts of climate change. It will feed into the next assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, to be released in 2014. The information is expected to assist countries and local communities in their efforts to adapt to changing weather patterns, and to tailor their disaster risk reduction plans. The CORDEX Africa Campaign will also allow African climatologists to meet other African scientists who study vulnerability, adaptation and the impact of climate change on people, to translate the model numbers into meaningful, usable information. Experts from countries that include Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe will analyse the data.

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