Convenor – Charles Williams
Co-convenors - Richard Washington, Katye Altieri, R Maidment, R Cornforth, A Gaye

It is widely agreed that climate variability and future change, combined with socioeconomic issues such as population pressures, are having and will continue to have a significant impact on societies across Africa.  A better understanding of present-day climate variability is of course needed, however an improved understanding of future climate change is also urgently required, to assist in possible adaptation and resilience building schemes.

As an example of current research initiatives, Future Climate for Africa (FCFA) is a new five-year international research programme jointly funded by the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).  The programme is aimed at improving our understanding of climate science affecting Africa and ensuring that such findings have an impact on human development across the continent.

We welcome papers covering all aspects of climate change in Africa.  Topics include (but are not limited to): regional/global climate modelling, past(palaeo) climate change, future climate change, and potential climate change impacts.  Papers on the impact of oceanic processes on African climate change are particularly welcomed.  The main period of interest is the 5-40 year timescale, although papers outside this will be considered.

Papers from FCFA projects are particularly welcomed, but this is not exclusive so papers from other projects are also invited