The Met Office is leading this research programme to improve the understanding of Africa's climate to help provide high-quality information that is crucial for effective decision making across the continent. IMPALA will lead to a step-change in global climate model prediction capability, which until now has not been available across many parts of sub-Saharan Africa.
IMPALA is a consortium of the Met Office and leading UK and African institutions including the African Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, and the universities of Cape Town, Exeter, Leeds, Nairobi, Oxford, Reading and Yaounde.
The IMPALA research will improve understanding of African climate processes and the mechanisms of future change. The information gathered by the new research will help decision-makers reduce climate-related risks. For example, infrastructure can be re-designed to account for high temperatures and changing rainfall, while health, education and social support systems, and local planning decisions could be designed to cope with future climate conditions. African scientists will be trained on the latest climate modelling techniques and will focus on climate predictions over the next 5-40 years as this is the lifespan of many development projects being designed today.
IMPALA is part of the £20 million UK government-funded Future Climate for Africa (FCFA) initiative aimed at better understanding climate change in Africa and the impact it is having. FCFA is a joint programme of the Department for International Development (DFID) and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).
In addition to our leading role in IMPALA, Met Office scientists are also contributing to three other FCFA projects.
Last updated: 17 November 2015