Climate modelling in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is particularly vulnerable to the likely impacts of the changing climate.

The people that are likely to be hardest hit by climate change live in least developed countries.

With a population that is almost totally dependent on subsistence agriculture, Bangladesh is particularly vulnerable to the likely impacts of the changing climate.

The Bangladesh government believes that the effects of climate change are already being experienced in the country, so it is absolutely essential for Bangladesh to develop adaptation strategies to cope.

Before it can build adaptation strategies Bangladesh needs to have an informed understanding of:

  • the climatic factors that influence human and natural systems in Bangladesh;

  • what controls these factors;

  • how they could they be affected by climate change;

  • how those changes will affect food production or infrastructure.

These issues are why more research is desperately needed — not just for Bangladesh, but for all developing countries vulnerable to climate change.

Capacity building project

The Capacity Building in Climate Modelling in Bangladesh project was a collaborative venture between UK aid from DFID, the Met Office Hadley Centre and the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET).

The project enabled the Bangladesh climate research community to produce their own regional climate projections, using state-of-the-art regional climate models developed by the Met Office.

It also now provides a template for how other developing countries can build their technical capacity, with the help of external funding from international development organisations.

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Last updated: 7 April 2011