The paper has been prepared to support the scoping phase of the Future
Climate for Africa (FCFA) programme. The focus of the FCFA is to advance
scientific knowledge, understanding and prediction of African climate
variability and change on five to 40 year timescales, together with
support for better integration of science into longer-term decision
making, leading to improved climate risk management and the protection
of lives and livelihoods.
Infrastructure is a priority area for the integration of climate science
into decision making. Infrastructure which is being planned now may be
operational in a future climate significantly different to the
historical climate commonly used for planning and design. Existing and
planned infrastructure assets may also not be able to cope sufficiently
with current levels of climate variability, with climate change
exacerbating future risks. This is especially true of long-lived
infrastructure, operational over decades and for periods often exceeding
its original design life.
This paper focuses on port infrastructure in sub-Sahran Africa. It
investigates the climate change risks and the current use of climate
science for decision making. It provides recommendations on the
opportunities for integrating climate services within infrastructure
HR Wallingford. Future Climate for Africa - Scoping Paper: The use of climate services for decision making in the ports sector. HR Wallingford, Wallingford, UK (2014) 39 pp.