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Climate Risk in Africa

Adaptation and Resilience

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Presents examples of recent attempts to strengthen the use of climate information in decision processes in sub-Saharan Africa

  • Highlights the complexities of climate adaptation related decision making

  • Based on the Future Climate For Africa (FCFA) applied research programme

  • This is an Open Access book

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Key Issues and Progress in Understanding Climate Risk in Africa

    • Katharine Vincent, Declan Conway
    Pages 1-16Open Access
  3. Climate Information: Towards Transparent Distillation

    • Christopher D. Jack, John Marsham, David P. Rowell, Richard G. Jones
    Pages 17-35Open Access
  4. Co-production: Learning from Contexts

    • Katharine Vincent, Anna Steynor, Alice McClure, Emma Visman, Katinka Lund Waagsaether, Suzanne Carter et al.
    Pages 37-56Open Access
  5. Decision-Making Heuristics for Managing Climate-Related Risks: Introducing Equity to the FREE Framework

    • Camilla Audia, Emma Visman, Gino Fox, Emmah Mwangi, Mary Kilavi, Mark Arango et al.
    Pages 57-76Open Access
  6. Creating Useful and Usable Weather and Climate Information: Insights from Participatory Scenario Planning in Malawi

    • Dorothy Tembo-Nhlema, Katharine Vincent, Rebecka Henriksson
    Pages 77-92Open Access
  7. High Stakes Decisions Under Uncertainty: Dams, Development and Climate Change in the Rufiji River Basin

    • Christian Siderius, Robel Geressu, Martin C. Todd, Seshagiri Rao Kolusu, Julien J. Harou, Japhet J. Kashaigili et al.
    Pages 93-113Open Access
  8. Integrating Climate Risks into Strategic Urban Planning in Lusaka, Zambia

    • Anna Taylor, Gilbert Siame, Brenda Mwalukanga
    Pages 115-129Open Access
  9. Conversations About Climate Risk, Adaptation and Resilience in Africa

    • Declan Conway, Katharine Vincent
    Pages 147-162Open Access
  10. Back Matter

    Pages 163-168

About this book

This open access book highlights the complexities around making adaptation decisions and building resilience in the face of climate risk. It is based on experiences in sub-Saharan Africa through the Future Climate For Africa (FCFA) applied research programme. It begins by dealing with underlying principles and structures designed to facilitate effective engagement about climate risk, including the robustness of information and the construction of knowledge through co-production. Chapters then move on to explore examples of using climate information to inform adaptation and resilience through early warning, river basin development, urban planning and rural livelihoods based in a variety of contexts. These insights inform new ways to promote action in policy and praxis through the blending of knowledge from multiple disciplines, including climate science that provides understanding of future climate risk and the social science of response through adaptation.

The book will be of interest to advanced undergraduate students and postgraduate students, researchers, policy makers and practitioners in geography, environment, international development and related disciplines.


  • climate risk
  • climate change
  • climate adaptation
  • climate resilience
  • co-prodution
  • Future Climate For Africa
  • Climate services
  • sustainable development
  • Climate-resilient development
  • Agro-meteorology
  • Hydropower in Africa
  • renewable energy
  • urban planning
  • climate education
  • Open Access
  • Environmental Geography
  • climate change impacts

Editors and Affiliations

  • Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK

    Declan Conway

  • Kulima Integrated Development Solutions, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

    Katharine Vincent

About the editors

Declan Conway is a Professorial Research Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute of the London School of Economics, UK. His problem-focused research cuts across water, climate and society, with emphasis on adaptation and the water-energy-food nexus.

Katharine Vincent is a director of Kulima Integrated Development Solutions and holds visiting researcher positions at the Universities of the Witwatersrand, KwaZulu Natal and Leeds. She is interested in adaptation to climate change in the global South, and much of her work spans the science-policy/practice divide.


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Hardcover Book USD 32.99
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