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Poster Prize Winner – Dr. Salack Seyni



From the poster session consisting 136 posters, 6 finalists only remained and Dr. Salack Seyni from CLISS/CENTRE REGIONAL AGRHYMET emerged the overall winner.









The winner Dr. Seyni

The winner Dr. Seyni

Advancing Climate Research Frontiers – Priority Research Gaps to Address Critical Climate Service Needs of End-Users, Policy Developers and Vulnerable Community in Africa

Chair: Dr. Burhani Nyenzi, Climate Consult LTD; Moderator: Fredrick Semazzi, NCSU

For more about: State of Knowledge, Current Gaps and Proposed Strategies follow the link below:

Plenary A4 summary

State of knowledge, Research Gaps-Towards coordinated pan-African Research- Long Term Planning




A guide for  operational weather  forecasting for west Africa: the AMMA forecaster’s handbook Rosalind  Cornforth– University  of Reading


The presenter had the following to say:

  • There was limited knowledge exchange
  • Addressed the gap between research and the operation
  • A hand book of objective documented comprehensively weather forecasting methods
  • Also focused on training and providing met education
  • Defined ‘chapter plan’ – as a training and learning and handbook for forecasters
  • Proposed how forecast should be done and what resources are needed
  • Identified priorities for the content: some clear consensus on different parts of the book
  • Said that Workshop in Dakar in March this year got  support from ACMAD and WMO to do the work



Evaluation of Dynamical Downscaled high Resolution Regional Climate Models in the Projection of Climate Variability and Change in East Africa- Sarah Osima, Tanzania Meteorological Agency


The following were raised in her presentation:

  • Said East Africa rain fall is  influenced by intertropical convergence zone
  • Pointed out that only three stations had good consistency with long term rainfall and temperature data
  • Asked how often  people visit and maintain station
  • Said IPCC  is increasing in East Africa while drought is decreasing
  • Downscaling shows 10 km resolution  rainfall is decreasing
  • Suggested that we need to improve observation stations as one cannot t evaluate the model if they don’t have observed data
  • Both temperature and rainfall distributions are resolution-dependent
  • Showed the results from half of the model because they are still struggling
  • Noted that increase in temperature decreases precipitation.
  • Said we  need to compare simulation with other studies and see if there any changes in signals

ACC 2013 Draft Conference Statement.

IMG_4667The Africa Climate Conference 2013 (ACC2013) was organized by the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), the Africa Climate Policy Centre (ACPC), and the University of Dar es Salaam with support from an international Scientific Steering Committee Representing a number of climate-focused institutions. It was held from 15-18 October 2013 at the Arusha International Conference Centre in Arusha, Tanzania.

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Plenary A3: State of knowledge, Research Gaps-Towards coordinated pan-African Research- Long Term Planning: Chair- Samba B. Tounkara: Moderator: Mxolisi Shongwe

climate research


Climate Research Needs to guide Water sector Adaptation planning in Africa- Sepo Hachigonta Fanrpan

  • Talks about climate needs to guide the water sector adaptation plan
  • studies done show in 2025 most regions in developing countries will be faced by water issues. Sub-Saharan Africa will have economic impact on the water sector,most of the results are  in the scientific community

How to generate information that can easily be accessed by policy makers and ends users e.g. farmers and other sectors?

  • How to work as a team, multidisciplinary integrated modelers and socio-economic modelers to come up with cohesive measures?


Research Needs on Wetlands Multifaceted Challenges in face of Climate Change : Gueladio Cisse,  Ramsar Convention


Cisse observed the following:

  • There should be ecosystem linkages with health
  • Ramsar convention on wetland in the working group of climate change and wetlands initiatives
  • Wetland and cycles be linked  e.g. Carbon cycle
  • Wetland numbers and statistics are working
  • Projected impact of climate Change on wetlands
  • Convention is a treaty of 164 parties
  • Flood accelerates  disaster
  • To Support t local governments to realize the value of the wet land and manage water infrastructure
  • To engage stakeholders particularly local government actors in workshops.
  • We need to do multidisciplinary research for impacts and for policy