A Grand Challenge is both highly specific and focused that identifies a specific barrier preventing progress in a critical area of climate science.
This focus enables the development of targeted research efforts with the likelihood of significant progress over 5-10 years, even if its ultimate success is uncertain.
By being transformative, a Grand Challenge should bring the best minds to the table (voluntarily), build and strengthen communities of innovators that are collaborative and perhaps extend beyond “in-house expertise”.
Research Gaps and Needs to Address Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) Priority Areas in Africa – Filipe D. F. Lúcio, GFCS
The GFCS identifies the following research gaps:
- Actionable climate information and services based on sound science.
- Communication between communities of scientists and practitioners.
- Last mile between science products and service-oriented climate information.
- Lack of seamless suite of climate products for contiguous time scales from weather to centenial climate projections.
- Limited or unknown predictability for a range of key time-space scales.
- Lack of comprehensive approaches and experience in dealing with uncertainty.
- Training and development of next generation of scientists and decision makers’ information.
- Active engagement of researchers from the climate, applied and social sciences.
- Identification and engagement of partners in co-design, development and implementation of activities.
- Mobilization of resources for implementing activities through active engagement of relevant stakeholders.
- Capacity development to support training and education of scientists and establishing research networks.
- Continuity of key Earth system observations for process understanding, modelling and analysis.
- Creation of conducive environments to engage scientists to work together on co-design, development and delivery of products and services.
Climate Research Challenges and Needs for Policy and Development in Africa – Seleshi Bekele Awulachew (PhD)
Suggested the following Priority Areas of Research:
- Climate and Modeling
- Vulnerability and adaptation
- Water and climate
- Agriculture and climate
- Health and climate
- Energy and climate
- Ecosystem and climate
- Forest and climate
The 2013 ACC Objectives and Strategies – Arame Tall
- To identify priority areas of research to respond to end-user needs.
- To write concrete research proposals to bridge the gap.
- To develop common agenda on climate research development in Africa.
- To have a definition of sustainable mechanisms for implementing the agenda.