Tag Archives: climate services

New paper “Communities of practice. One size does not fit all” in Climate Services

A new paper "Communities of practice. One size does not fit all" is now available online in the journal Climate Services. The paper, by Katharine Vincent, Anna Steynor, Katinka Waagsaether and Tracy Cull, furthers the argument for a nuanced understanding of communities of practice (COPs) that recognises the intradisciplinary and transdisciplinary variants. For successful climate services that enable adaptation to climate change, transdisciplinary COPs are typically required that bring together producers and users. This paper reflects on the role that donor-funded projects can play in supporting the effective generation of sustainable COPs. 

New UMFULA paper released “Climate information needs in southern Africa: A review”

The Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy at the Grantham Research Institute of Climate Change and the Environment and the University of Leeds has released a new working paper as an output of the UMFULA project. Dr Katharine Vincent is an author of the working paper, entitled "Climate information needs in southern Africa. A review". The paper reviews the state of the landscape of available climate information, barriers to climate information use, and the climate information needs of different sectors in southern Africa. It draws on published literature, documentary evidence and primary research with decision makers in the Southern African Development Community.

Kulima continues to develop research on co-production

FCFA meetingKulima Integrated Development Solutions has been developing various threads of research into co-production. As part of the UMFULA project (Future Climate for Africa programme) a co-production approach has been attempted to develop climate information to inform decisions around water allocation in Tanzania and Malawi. At last week's FCFA conference Dr Katharine Vincent co-led a session exploring opportunities and challenges of co-production, and a cross-project publication is planned to document experiences to date in UMFULA, FRACTAL and AMMA-2050. In partnership with the Met Office, Kulima is also finalising a guidance document on co-production to inform the second phase of the Weather and Climate Information Services for Africa (WISER) programme.

Kulima director attending Future Climate For Africa conference in Cape Town

Cape TownDr Katharine Vincent is in Cape Town this week, participating in the Future Climate For Africa (FCFA) conference. The conference will bring together representatives of the five projects under FCFA: IMPALA, AMMA-2050, Hy-CRISTAL, FRACTAL and UMFULA. On behalf of UMFULA Katharine will be facilitating a session on co-production with Anna Steynor from FRACTAL. She will also be presenting a poster "From a clean slate to multiple options: eliciting climate information in Malawi". The conference is followed by a workshop for early career researchers, in which Katharine will be leading a session on "Communicating Climate Research Findings".

Kulima director in Malawi to continue UMFULA research

MalawiDr Katharine Vincent is in Malawi this week, working with colleagues on the UMFULA (Uncertainty Reduction in Models for Understanding Development Applications) project. UMFULA is part of the Future Climate for Africa programme, and concerned with improving the use of climate information in decision-making. Team members from Kulima and Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources are continuing research into the evolving institutional architecture for addressing climate change in Malawi, and the development of timelines of policies in climate-sensitive sectors. They are also commencing preparations for this year's UMFULA annual meeting, which will be held in November in Malawi, and accompanied by a number of targeted stakeholder activities.

Kulima director participating in workshop on climate information for development

Cape TownDr Katharine Vincent is in Cape Town this week for a workshop on communication, interpretation and use of climate information for development led by Professors Suraje Dessai (University of Leeds) and Coleen Vogel (University of the Witwatersrand). Katharine will act as a mentor alongside Drs Joe Daron, Admire Nyamwanza and Rachel James. The workshop brings together early career researchers from the UK and South Africa under the British Council Researcher Links programme, which aims to enable interaction, shared opportunities for learning, and the building of research links for future collaboration.

Kulima director attending International Conference on Climate Services in Cape Town

ICCS5 posterDr Katharine Vincent is in Cape Town this week attending the International Conference on Climate Services. She will be presenting a poster in the session on "what can we learn from all the co-experiences"? The poster, entitled "From a clean slate to multiple options-eliciting user needs for climate information in Malawi" is a reflection on the methodological evolution employed within the UMFULA project with agricultural planners in both the public and private sectors. 

Kulima director in Malawi with other members of the UMFULA team

Lower ShireDr Katharine Vincent is in Malawi for the next 2 weeks, visiting Lilongwe, Mulanje, Blantyre and Chikwawa with other members of the UMFULA team. The "Uncertainty Reduction in Models for Understanding Development Applications" (UMFULA) project is part of the Future Climate for Africa programme, and concerned with climate services in Africa. Team members from Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the University of Leeds, and the University of KwaZulu Natal will be continuing investigations into the political economy of decision-making contexts, interrogating priority climate metrics to generate user-relevant climate information, and seeking feedback and inputs to the the emerging design of a WEAP model for water resources under climate change for the Lower Shire basin. 

Kulima director in Cape Town for UMFULA annual meeting

Lower Shire floodplainDr Katharine Vincent is in Cape Town this week for the annual meeting of the UMFULA project. "Uncertainty Reduction in Models for Understanding Development Applications" (UMFULA) is part of the Future Climate for Africa programme, and concerned with climate services in central and southern Africa, particulary the Lower Shire and Rufiji basins. The annual meeting brings together all the project partners-Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, the universities of Leeds, Manchester, Oxford, Sussex, Cape Town, KwaZulu Natal, Dar es Salaam, Yaounde, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, and Kulima Integrated Development Solutions-to plan activities for the coming year.

New paper on the Vulnerability, Impacts, Adaptation and Climate Services Advisory Board with inputs from Kulima

VIACS paper

A paper on the role of the Vulnerability, Impacts, Adaptation and Climate Services Advisory Board (VIACS AB v1.0) and its contribution to CMIP6 has been published in Geoscientific Model Development. CMIP6 is the mechanism for comparing global climate models. The VIACS advisory board represents the researchers who use climate information as one input to analyse vulnerability, impacts and adaptation. The aim is to inform the CMIP6 impact model outputs by highlighting priority variables. Dr Katharine Vincent is a member of the VIACS Advisory Board and a co-author on the paper.