Tag Archives: climate services

Kulima participating in workshop on evolving regional climate information for decision-making

Dr Katharine Vincent is joining UMFULA PI Professor Declan Conway this week at a workshop in the UK to discuss advancing the development of regional climate information for decision-making. The workshop is convened by the Universities of Cape Town and Reading, together with the Walker Institute and DFID. The small group of particpants will seek to frame new research approaches that address the physical science and societal application in order to help inform
DFID and other relevant agency planning. Katharine and Declan will share insights and experiences based on UMFULA's work in improving the use of medium-term climate information in planning an decision-making in Malawi and Tanzania.

Kulima participating in annual review meeting for the UMFULA project

Dr Katharine Vincent is joining colleagues from the Uncertainty Reduction in Models for Understanding Development Applications (UMFULA) project today for the annual review of progress with funders DFID and NERC. The meeting is taking place with the lead institution, the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science. As it nears the end of its lifespan, UMFULA has undertaken novel research into decision-making processes and the institutional structures that government climate change policy in southern Africa, and supported decision-making under uncertainty in the water-energy-food nexus in Malawi and Tanzania.

Kulima part of team presenting an initial cost estimate of South Africa’s National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

Last week Dr Katharine Vincent and colleagues from CowaterSogema presented their initial cost estimate for the implementation of South Africa's National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy to the Department of Environmental Affairs. The aim of the costing exercise is to highlight the business case for investment in adaptation in South Africa, for use both within national government and to seek alternative sources of adaptation finance. The strategy has a 10 year lifespan as is due to be formally adopted in 2019. The team applied mixed methods (top down/parametric, bottom-up, analagous and expert-informed) to cost the strategic interventions. The next step is for the draft to be presented to a stakeholder workshop prior to finalisation.

New open access paper “What can climate services learn from theory and practice of co-production?”

A new paper "What can climate services learn from theory and practice of co-production?" has just been made available online in the journal Climate Services. The paper, led by Kulima director Dr Katharine Vincent with co-authors Meaghan Daly, Claire Scannell and Bill Leathes, is an output of two projects funded by DFIDUMFULA (Future Climate for Africa) and Weather and Climate Information Services for Africa (WISER). Co-produced climate services are increasingly recognised as a means of improving the effective generation and utilisation of climate information to inform decision-making and support adaptation to climate change, particularly in developing countries. The paper reviews the co-production literature in other science policy fields to distil some key principles to inform climate services. A co-produced climate service product should be decision-driven, process-based and time-managed, whilst the process of co-producing a climate service should be inclusive, collaborative and flexible. Illustrations are also provided of how these principles may be engaged in practice.

Kulima participating in UMFULA annual meeting in Dar es Salaam

Dr Katharine Vincent and Dorothy Tembo-Nhlema are representing Kulima this week at the annual meeting of the UMFULA project (part of the Future Climate For Africa programme) in Dar es Salaam. The meeting brings together the climate scientists, impact modellers and social scientists from the UK, South Africa, Malawi, Tanzania and Cameroon to feed back on research findings and, with less than a year until the end of the project, to synthesise emerging lessons. It will be followed by a range of stakeholder events, including presentations to the Tanzania Meteorological Agency and TANESCO (electricity company), and a student session at the University of Dar es Salaam.

Kulima hosting a writeshop on climate services for the UMFULA project

This week Kulima is hosting a writeshop in South Africa for members of the UMFULA project (under the Future Climate For Africa programme). The writeshop will be attended by team members from the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, University of Leeds and University of Kwazulu Natal. The aim is to compare, contrast and synthesise findings from research conducted in Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia. Planned papers relate to the political economy of climate change in each country, insights into effective and equitable adaptation options for small-scale commodity (tea and sugar) farmers, and analysis of how to best visualise climate information so that the intended message is effectively understood by planners.

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".