Climate Change Adaptation in Coastal Zones

© Mauritius Meteorological Services; Storm surge effect at Le Caudan Waterfront, Port Louis

Climate change is projected to lead to loss of important coastal habitats, infrastructure along the African coasts (ports, tourism infrastructure, fishery landing sites, etc.). Natural phenomenon, exacerbated by Climate Change/sea level rise and inadequate use of the coastal space. It will be important to understand how the African oceans and coastal areas will be impacted by the changing climates.

Enhancing collaboration between ocean and climate experts to improve weather predictions

© UNESCO; Ocean Group holds consultations during the 33rd Climate Outlook forum in Feb 2013 in Bujumbura, Burundi

The Sub Commission has been working closely with the Intergovernmental Authority of Development (IGAD), Climate Prediction and Application Centre (ICPAC) and the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) to enhance collaboration between the ocean and climate communities in order to improve climate prediction through incorporation of ocean data. The focus has been on:

  • Identification of key drivers of ocean circulation in the region, use of ocean data to improve climate forecasting, and provide the information to climate scientists.
  • Development of a system that will be used to produce marine forecasts that will feed into climate outlooks.

Ultimately, enhanced regional collaboration between the oceans and climate communities to facilitate the generation of more accurate seasonal climate forecasts for the Greater Horn of Africa (GHA) region, and provide ocean data products to other stakeholders.

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