Climate change information for East African decision making: Rt Hon Ceclia Ogwal opens the annual HyCRISTAL meeting in Kampala, Uganda, 23-27 April 2018
The Earth is warming and East Africa’s climate is changing. As the region’s populations and economies grow, the impacts of future climate change must be integrated into long-term planning to develop a sustainable and resilient future.
The Intergrating Hydro-Climate Science into Policy Decisions for Climate-Resilient Infrastructure and Livelihoods in East Africa project (HyCRISTAL) is working both to improve climate change predictions for East Africa and to use that information to inform long-term decision-making in the region.
HyCRISTAL’s annual meeting was attended by delegates from across Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, the UK and USA. During the meeting decision makers worked with the HyCRISTAL team to develop approaches to use climate change information.
New PhD studentships in air pollution and transport emissions
Uncertainty in air pollution emissions from transport has been one of the most significant factors impacting air quality in the UK over the past decade. The well-publicised issues associated with urban nitrogen dioxide gas have highlighted the knowledge gaps that exist regarding current and future emissions from the transport sector in real-world conditions.
The Department for Transport (DfT) is supporting NERC in increasing the supply of highly trained individuals with PhD-level research and analysis skills associated with evaluating and predicting transport emissions. At this time three new NERC PhD awards are available, to start October 2018. Each award includes standard NERC stipend, fees and £11,000 Research Training Support Grant.
NCAS experts to participate in IPCC Sixth Assessment Report
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has invited climate experts from NCAS and NCAS-funded research projects, based at the universities of Reading and East Anglia, to participate in Working Group I (physical science basis) of the Sixth Assessment Report.
Nicolas Bellouin, Ed Hawkins and Andrew Turner will help to produce the next world-leading climate change report, by reviewing existing scientific evidence on how the climate is changing and how it could change in future.
FAAM research aircraft identifies source of uncontrolled Elgin platform gas release
In 2012 the Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements (FAAM) was part of a large-scale response to assess and control a gas leak from the Elgin Platform in the UK North Sea, and results from those research flights have now been published.