FRACTAL researchers explore climate processes in southern Africa


Three recently published papers, authored by FRACTAL researchers, explore different elements of climate science in the southern African region.

Daron et al (2019) consider the concept of ‘climate process chains’ as a way to apply the many cross-scale process interactions, while looking at specific climate outcomes that impact society. The outcomes they look into in this paper are regional-scale drought and local-scale heavy rainfall.

The variability of the Tropical Rain Belt in Africa is explored by Nikulin and Hewitson (2019) in their paper. They note the complex interactions between the drivers of rainfall at different scales: global, regional and local.

Nikulin was also involved in a research paper (Wu et al, 2019) that discusses the realities of downscaling climate information and questions how well the Regional Climate Models can simulate precipitation in southern Africa.


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