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African Climate and Climate Change

Physical, Social and Political Perspectives

  • Charles J. R. Williams
  • Dominic R. Kniveton

Part of the Advances in Global Change Research book series (AGLO, volume 43)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Charles J.R. Williams, Dominic R. Kniveton
    Pages 1-12
  3. Gulilat Tefera Diro, D.I.F. Grimes, E. Black
    Pages 13-50
  4. Gulilat Tefera Diro, Thomas Toniazzo, Len Shaffrey
    Pages 51-69
  5. Charles J.R. Williams, Dominic R. Kniveton, R. Layberry
    Pages 71-100
  6. A. Farnsworth, E. White, Charles J.R. Williams, E. Black, Dominic R. Kniveton
    Pages 101-122
  7. M.C. Todd, L. Andersson, C. Ambrosino, D. Hughes, Dominic R. Kniveton, L. Mileham et al.
    Pages 123-153
  8. David S.G. Thomas, Chasca Twyman, Henny Osbahr, Bruce Hewitson
    Pages 155-178
  9. C. Smith, Dominic R. Kniveton, S. Wood, R. Black
    Pages 179-201
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 203-204

About this book


Compared to many other regions of the world, Africa is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change and variability. Widespread poverty, an extensive disease burden and pockets of political instability across the continent has resulted in a low resilience and limited adaptative capacity of African society to climate related shocks and stresses. To compound this vulnerability, there remains large knowledge gaps on African climate, manifestations of future climate change and variability for the region and the associated problems of climate change impacts. Research on the subject of African climate change requires an interdisciplinary approach linking studies of environmental, political and socio-economic spheres. In this book we use different case studies on climate change and variability in Africa to illustrate different approaches to the study of climate change in Africa from across the spectrum of physical, social and political sciences. In doing so we attempt to highlight a toolbox of methodologies (along with their limitations and advantages) that may be used to further the understanding of the impacts of climate change in Africa and thus help form the basis for strategies to negate the negative implications of climate change on society.


Adaptation Africa Climate change Impacts Policy

Editors and affiliations

  • Charles J. R. Williams
    • 1
  • Dominic R. Kniveton
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Reading2U18 Department of MeteorologyReadingUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Dept. GeographyUniversity of SussexBrightonUnited Kingdom

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