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AMMA-2050 News

December 2021 - 'How might climate change affect river flows across West Africa' - Pommambalam Rameshwaran - take a look here

October 2021 - Improving projections of extreme tropical rainfall - 'With the methodology we outline in our study, we are merging the best of modelled & observed worlds to provide reliable projections of future storm rainfall - Dr Conni Klein - take a look here

March 2021 - Climate Risk in Africa - Adaptation and Resilience - presents exampled of recent attempts to strengthen the use of climate information in decision processes in sub-Saharan Africa - Open access book - have a look here
November 2020 - listen to Dr. Conni Klein from AMMA-2050 and African Swift projects talk about storms and their work with ANACIM - in the first episode of a series for podcasts from FCFA play now
November 2020 - FCFA animation to share the research findings and stories from the programme - 'Building climate change resilience in Africa - the story of Future Climate for Africa
November 2020 - AMMA-2050 research has been included in the Greenpeace report - Weathering the Storm: Extreme Weather and Climate Change in Africa - here
August 2020 - An international team led by Dr Cornelia Klein and including Prof.Chris Taylor,  has developed an early warning system for mega storms - link to article here & here
May 2020 - Summary of the work of FCFA & AMMA-2050 in Burkina Faso and Senegal
April 2020 - AMMA-2050 Policy Brief for Senegal in French & English
AMMA-2050 Theatre Forum link to YouTube - an approach that seeks to break through the barriers between knowledge holders, putting them on an equal footing to find shared and innovative solutions to climate change, adaptation and resilience
FCFA - Guide approaches to communicating climactic uncertainties with decision makers
Agridape Special Edition for AMMA2050 - February 2019
AMMA2050 article in UK Press - Mega-storms the size of England on the rise in North Africa; Telegraph; Sarah Newey
AMMA2050 Annual General Meeting 10th - 14th June 2019 - Somone, Senegal 
May 2018: Decision maker engagement workshops organised in Senegal and Burikina Faso to demonstrate AMMA-2050 outputs and gauge relevance to various users
5-9 Feb. 2018: Third Annual Project Meeting, Montpellier France
09 Oct 2017 : Joint BRACED / AMMA-2050 stakeholder workshop policy brief and website publication
22-23 Feb 2018, Paris: Symposium on risk management in agriculture, with the feedback and experience of agricultural professionals
7 June 2017: New paper in PNAS involving 3 AMMA-2050 researchers, and associated article in Washington Post
27 April 2017: AMMA-2050 paper in Nature, see alert plus News&Views

6 - 10 Feb 2017: AMMA-2050 annual meeting, Senegal

31 Jan - 2 Feb 2017: Joint BRACED / AMMA-2050 stakeholder workshop, Burkina Faso
12-16 December 2016: Metrics workshop in Leeds, UK
10 November 2016: AMMA2050 at COP22

15 October 2016: PostDoc vacancy at CNRM, France, Details.pdf

7-8 July 2016: Stakeholder meeting Burkina Faso

7-8 April 2016: Stakeholder meeting Senegal

11 December 2015: Side event presentation at COP21
1-5 October 2015: Project Kick-off meeting, Wallingford, UK 

In recent decades, West Africa has experienced some of the most extreme rainfall variability anywhere in the world. This climatic variability is directly affecting the livelihoods of its growing population. In this region rainfall is notoriously variable and contributed to an extensive and long-lived drought triggering regional scale famine in the 1970s and 1980s. In more recent years, a partial recovery of seasonal rainfall totals in the Sahel has been accompanied by devastating flooding events.  Despite a good understanding of the physical causes of historical climate variability, there is no clear agreement on how changes in greenhouse gases, land cover and aerosols will impact future rainfall. When looking at the impact on societies, there is little information on how high impact weather events may change in the future. This uncertainty, coupled with weak capability to plan investments on timescales of decades, results in the limited climate change knowledge being used as a guide to development decision-making.
This project will build on the largest multidisciplinary research effort ever undertaken in the area of African climate and environment, the African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analysis (AMMA), to address the challenges of understanding how the monsoon will change in future decades, and how this information can be most effectively used to support climate-compatible development in the region.

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