West Africa climate risk report

The climate risk report for the West Africa region is part of a series of standardised regional climate risk reports the Met Office is producing in collaboration with ODI.   

Understanding future climate risks depends on analysing both future climate conditions, and the socio-economic vulnerabilities exposed by those conditions.  

Climate risks threaten human wellbeing and development. Climate risks for West Africa have been explored in this report through exploring their impact of systems including water security and resource, agriculture and pastoral systems, urban environments and infrastructure, coastal regions, human health and mortality and biodiversity and ecology. 

These were identified by considering the current climate and climate change model projections from the present day to the 2050s, and their interaction with regional socio-economic vulnerabilities. 


The key findings from the report are summarised in an infographic, which can be downloaded below:

West Africa risk report infographic


A French version of the infographic can be downloaded below:

West Africa risk report infographic in French/Infographie du rapport de risque pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest en français


Access the full report and appendix information through the links below:

Read the full report

Report appendix


Access the report's Executive Summary translated into French below:

Résumé exécutif pour la région de l’Afrique de l’Ouest en français


This climate in context methodology document shows the methodology for the climate risk reports.