Research infrastructure for climate services
As defined by the World Meteorological Organization, a climate service is a decision aide derived from climate information that assists individuals and organisations in society to improve decision-making. A climate service requires appropriate and iterative engagement to produce a timely advisory that end-users can understand and which can help their decision-making and enable early action and preparedness. Climate services need to be provided to users in a seamless manner and, most of all, need to respond to user requirements.
There are numerous key aspects of a research infrastructure that provides climate services and solutions. KADI project will investigate the climate services needs of different stakeholders across Africa, focusing on the scope and definition of an observational and modeling research infrastructure. This information will be further used for the climate service pilots described below.
We will identify, analyse and characterise climate service needs at multiple scales and contexts in Africa. Then, through collaborative engagement of key stakeholders, these services will be validated with their potential data and infrastructure designs.
In this pilot, we will work on the evaluation and specific improvements of the parametrisations of land-surface attributes of the first African Earth System Model that provides many climate services. The model consists of three main components, namely the conformal-cubic atmospheric model (CCAM) developed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia, … Continue reading “Earth System Modeling as a tool for data and knowledge”
In this pilot we will work on quantifying key elements of the coastal carbon cycle relevant to usage of the ocean and the role the coastal ocean plays in regulating global climate. We will use monitoring stations at key sites along the coast of South Africa in Algoa Bay, adjacent to Nelson Mandela University, Gqeberha … Continue reading “Coastal bio-geochemistry as a crucial part of the climate and carbon system”
In this pilot we will take a closer look at the local climate service infrastructures and solutions for rapidly growing cities of Africa. We explore how observations of for example greenhouse gas emissions, air quality and heat can be combined with other critical data of human and natural assets for integrated urban climate services in … Continue reading “Cities as complex societal systems for climate services”
In this pilot we aim to summarise, integrate, and assess the value of existing long-term climate observations in order to provide a guidebook of the lessons learned. These are expected to be an essential part of a future climate observation research infrastructure in Africa. We have chosen Kenya as the ideal showcase for this pilot, … Continue reading “Experiences as an inevitable part of the human dimension of research infrastructures”