Assessing the effects of SRM on crops in West Africa

Host institution

Federal University of Technology, Akure

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Project summary

Climate change is projected to increase temperature and unpredictable rainfall in West Africa, with negative impacts on a wide range of crops in the region. Dr Vincent Olanrewaju Ajayi, of the Federal University of Technology in Nigeria, will explore how different crop types – such as cereals, legumes, horticulture and root and tubers – will react to different temperature scenarios, both with and without the use of SRM. The results will increase understanding both about the effects of global warming, and of potential climate responses, on West African agriculture, and will assist policy-makers in making some of the tough decisions ahead to ensure greater food security in a changing climate. 

The team

Federal University of Technology, Akure
Vincent Olanrewaju Ajayi is an associate professor in climate science with a specialisation in climate modelling. He holds a PhD in meteorology and climate science from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria. As a research scientist, Vincent is part of a project titled, “Land surface processes as a determinant of climate change in Africa (LANDSURF)” under WASCAL WRAP2 project. He is also part of a UK-sponsored Global Challenges Research Fund project titled, the African Science for Weather Information and Forecasting Techniques (GCRF African-SWIFT).
Prof nana ama klutse profile
University of Ghana
Nana Ama Browne Klutse is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics, at the University of Ghana. She is involved in the preparation of the IPCC 6AR as a Lead Author in the Working Group 1 report, and a Member of the Task Group on Data Support. Nana is a member of UNESCO’s Scientific Board of the International Basic Sciences Programme (IBSP), and a researcher in climate change science with the African Institute of Mathematical Science (AIMS). Her current research focus is on understanding the climate dynamics of Africa, climate observations, and projections for climate services. She holds a PhD in climatology from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and part of her research was undertaken at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Italy.
University of Cape Town
Temitope Samuel Egbebiyi is a post-doctoral research fellow with the Climate System Analysis Group, in the EGS at the University of Cape Town. He is a Newton Fellow, a Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) ClimapAfrica Fellow, and a South African National Research Foundation (NRF) Fellow. He is a member of CORDEX Africa, a multi-disciplinary research group. He has presented his research findings at national and international conferences and holds a Ph.D in environmental and geographical science. His research interests include regional climate modelling, extreme weather events, crop modelling, climate change impacts studies, agrometeorology and adaptation strategies.
University of Cape Town
Chris is a climate scientist at the Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG) whose interests include the co-development of regional climate information, regional climate modelling, renewable energy, extreme climate events, capacitating African climate scientists for climate science, and mountain biking and trail running. He is involved in a number of projects including as Co-PI on the Wind Atlas for South Africa (WASA) project, Co-PI on Health:RADAR to co-develop an open-source web-based platform for climate sensitive infectious disease modelling, and FOCUS-Africa to develop tailored climate services over Southern Africa. He has authored or co-authored over 60 papers and 5 book chapters including as a Lead Author in the IPCC Special Report on Land and Climate, and the Africa chapters of the IPCC AR5 and AR6. He serves as co-chair of the WCRP Academy, whose role is to develop capacity for climate research, particularly in developing countries and facilitates the CORDEX-Africa initiative that capacitates African climate scientists and builds our understanding of how climate change may impact Africa. He serves on the WCRP Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project steering committee and the Vulnerability, Impacts, Adaptation and Climate Services (VIACS) Advisory Board. He is dad to two young boys, aged 7 and 9, who inspire his research.
Futuresavers Sustainable Develompment Initiative
Folashade Blessing Molade is the Chief Executive Officer of the Futuresavers Sustainable Development Initiative, a non-governmental organisation concerned with climate education and advocacy to promote action on environment and climate change. She studied environmental management and toxicology at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, and has worked as the senior program officer with Welcome2Africa International. Folashade has recently completed her Master’s in informatics for climate change at the Université Joseph Ki-Zerbo, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, where the title of her research was “Assessing the impact of Climate Change on Crop Suitability in Nigeria”.
Federal University of Technology, Akure
Ifeoma Uchechukwu Okoye is a researcher in the Department of Meteorology and Climate science at the Federal University of Technology, Akure. She graduated with a degree in geography and meteorology from Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, and her undergraduate research focused on climate change and its effect on yam production. Her research interests lie in climate change and environmental science with a particular interest in climate change scenarios.
Ghana Meteorological Agency
Victoria Owusu-Tawiah is a senior meteorologist with the Ghana Meteorological Agency. She is currently pursuing her PhD in meteorology and climate science at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology which involves evaluating Air Quality Models and developing bias-correction tools for them. She is currently advancing air quality monitoring with low-cost, environmental sensing tools at senior high schools in Ghana after receiving seed funding from Clean Air Monitoring and Solutions (CAMS-Net), USA. Her research interests cut across climate change, atmospheric chemistry, and air quality.

Photo credits

Banner: The Niger Delta, MERIS (Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer) Image ENVISAT 12/12/07 Credit: ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO.

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