The vulnerable continent (PLATINA): Historical perspectives on Africa´s climate, environment and societies
2009 (English)In: Meeting global challenges in research cooperation.: Proceedings of a conference and workshop in Uppsala, May 27-29, 2008. / [ed] Ingrid Karlsson and Kristina Röing de Nowina, Uppsala, 2009, 577-588 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Our research, based on studies of different climate archives from Tanzania, Mozambique and South Africa, contributes information on changes in climate and vegetation over the past 24000 years. This time perspective, reaching beyond the information available from instrumental records is needed for a better understanding of regional global climate dynamics and issues surrounding environmental change, throughout Africa, and is a prerequisite for increasing climate forecasting capabilities for the region. We argue that African people have vast experience from living in a variable climate and research on past interactions between climate and societies demonstrate the significance of lessons learnt for present situations. Our findings, underline the complex interactions between climate/environment and societies that may lead to different developments in time and space. Considering the so called vulnerable continent, extended investigations of how African communities cope with and adapt to climatically driven changes is needed to increase the capability to realise the potential as well as the limitations, of modern African communities to adapt to future climate change.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala, 2009. 577-588 p.
past climate change, social vulnerability, social adaptation strategies, East Africa, Southern Africa
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-32759ISBN: 978-91-975741-9-8OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-32759DiVA: diva2:284484
Research conference: Meeting global challenges in research cooperation.