Future Climate for Africa (FCFA) aims to generate fundamentally new climate science focused on Africa, and to ensure that this science has an impact on human development across the continent. In this way, FCFA aims to make new African infrastructure and urban and rural plans and investments more climate-resilient. FCFA aims to do this through:
- Improving scientific understanding of climate variability and change across Africa and the impact of climate change on specific development decisions;
- Demonstrating flexible methods for integrating improved climate information and tools in decision-making; and
- Improving medium to long term (5-40 year) decision-making, policies, planning and investment by African stakeholders and donors.
FCFA is made up of five research consortia and managed by a co-ordination unit. The Coordination, Capacity Development And Knowledge Exchange (CCKE) unit increases the overall impact of the FCFA programme by:
- Coordinating and promoting learning and knowledge exchange between research partners;
- Compiling reporting to donors and the annual review of the programme;
- Managing research and travel grants; and
- Generating and disseminating content to communicate FCFA as well as key research messages to wider audiences
The five research consortia are as follows:
UMFULA: Uncertainty Reduction In Models For Understanding Development Applications
UMFULA (“river” in Zulu) is a four-year research project that aims to improve climate information for decision-making in central and southern Africa, with a particular focus on Tanzania and Malawi. The team is generating new insights and more reliable information about climate processes and extreme weather events and their impacts on water, energy and agriculture, with the aim to support long-term – 5 to 40 years – planning decisions around resource use, infrastructure investment and cross-sectoral growth priorities.
AMMA-2050: African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analysis 2050
The AMMA-2050 team aim to improve the understanding of how the West African monsoon will be affected by climate change in the coming decades and help West African societies prepare and adapt. By applying expert judgement, AMMA-2050 identify adaptation options in water resources and agriculture.
FRACTAL: Future Resilience For African Cities And Lands
FRACTAL aims to understand the decision context and the climate science required to contribute to climate resilient development in nine southern African cities. The FRACTAL team contribute to an advanced understanding of scientific knowledge about climate processes, regional and local climate trends to improve understanding of southern Africa’s climate and work with decision-makers to integrate this scientific knowledge into climate-sensitive decisions at the city-regional scale.
HYCRISTAL: Integrating Hydro-Climate Science Into Policy Decisions For Climate-Resilient Infrastructure And Livelihoods In East Africa
HyCRISTAL is working to improve the understanding of key climate-water processes in East Africa, and works in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders to apply this knowledge in two contrasting settings: rural communities that rely on agriculture and fishing; and urban populations where water supply and sanitation are under pressure. HyCRISTAL is supported by the East African Community and is linked to the World Meterological Office GWEX programme project HyVic.
IMPALA: Improving Model Processes For African Climate
This project focuses on a single climate model, the Met Office Unified Model, to improve its simulation of African climate through a better understanding and representation of weather and climate processes. This will result in reduced uncertainty in future projections of the African climate and provide valuable information to climate scientists and modellers within Africa and worldwide, and empower decision-makers with information that can be used to reduce risks and help protect the livelihoods of the most vulnerable.