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Consultation

The aim was to help identify research directions that would best contribute towards enhancing the range and quality of climate information available to users in Africa.

A total of 52 interviews were held with a wide range of stakeholders in 8 African countries. Stakeholders included the main regional climate organisations, National Meteorological and Hydrological Services, universities, NGOs, government ministries and 'boundary organisations' acting on climate information to aid vulnerable communities. The overriding aim was to help identify research directions that will best contribute towards enhancing the range and quality of climate information available to users in Africa.

Scope

The scope focused on needs for monthly-to-decadal predictions, as these timescales are of most practical interest in developing resilience to climate variability and change.

Sample

A total of 52 interviews were held with a wide range of stakeholders in 8 African countries. Stakeholders included the main regional climate organisations, National Meteorological and Hydrological Services, universities, NGOs, government ministries and 'boundary organisations' acting on climate information to aid vulnerable communities.

Key results

  • There was wide recognition that there is an urgent need to improve understanding and modelling of African climate to provide reliable climate early warning systems and information for adaptation;
  • Improvement of seasonal-range predictions (to 6 months ahead) were seen as higher priority than multi-annual to decadal-range predictions, though the need for decadal-range information for adaptation is seen as urgent;
  • There was a very strong signal that development of capability to predict temporal distributions of rainfall (e.g. season onset, duration, and dry spell frequency), was the highest priority need. 

The largest number of interviews (12) were held with African climate service providers, and included regional climate organisations such as the IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC), the African Centre for Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD) and the Southern African Development Community Climate Services Centre (SADC-CSC). A technical questionnaire was fielded to 9 African climate service providers to obtain insight into their ranking of research priorities - read an results from the questionnaire.

The consultation also addressed training needs and possible ways to respond. The results of both the research and training prioritisation exercises were then used to make adjustments to the project's science and training components.

Consultation Further information on CSRP consultation (PDF, 413 kB)

Output overview

Last Updated: 8 December 2014