Sustainability Research Institute

Current Projects

GCRF African SWIFT is being led by the National Center for Atmospheric Science and funded by Research Councils UK.  

The project aims to deliver a step change in African weather forecasting capability from hourly to seasonal timescales. It will also work with weather forecast users across sectors to tailor provision and delivery of forecasts so as to improve resilience and response to extreme weather events. 

The project brings together African and UK partners, as well as the WMO, and will work across four African nations. 

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MED-GOLD is an EU funded Horizon 2020 project starting December 2017 and ending November 2021.

This project will demonstrate the proof-of-concept for climate services in the agriculture sector by developing case studies for three hallmarks of the Mediterranean food system: grapes, olives and durum wheat.

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This is part of the CSSP China project in partnership with the UK Met Office and supported by the BEIS Newton Fund. This project started July 2017 and will end June 2019.

The objective of this project is to identify the needs of users of urban climate services in China, specifically considering city based climate services. The project will forge and build connections between UK and Chinese organisations which will serve as the basis of partnerships for future climate service development. The project will develop recommendations to inform science improvements and the development of city based climate services tools with a focus on the urban planning environment.

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This is part of the CSSP China project in partnership with the UK Met Office and supported by the BEIS Newton Fund. 

The objective of this project is to improve the treatment and communication of uncertainty for climate services in China. Combining expertise in risk communication, environmental risk assessment, climate risk management, climate visualisation, and statistical treatments of uncertainty in climate models, our team will work with programme partners in the Met Office Chinese Meteorological Administration and other CSSP China Projects.

The project will build connections between UK and Chinese scientists to identify the most important sources of uncertainty and the key challenges to providers and users of climate services in the Chinese context. This project will then develop recommendations and supporting materials to address the identified barriers. 

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New studies being conducted by CCCEP researchers in Leeds seek to examine and ultimately improve the co-production of climate knowledge.

The project, conducted by Dr Meaghan Daly and led by Prof Suraje Dessai, compares Regional Climate Outlook Forums in South Asia, southern Africa and the Mediterranean, looking at the way national, regional and international climate experts come together to develop consensus-based regional climate forecasts. It seeks to discover whether co-production takes different forms in different regions, and what can be learned from any similarities and differences.

Further research will follow in 2018, examining case studies from newly-formed National Climate Outlook Forums. It is hoped the project will provide valuable insights for those involved in working with RCOFs across the globe.

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An investigation of water resource planning under uncertainty in the Cauvery River Basin in Karnataka: Uncertainty about the regional impacts of climate change and rapidly changing socio-economic conditions make long-term planning of water resources problematic. Robust Decision Making (RDM) approaches seek to identify strategies that work reasonably well across large ranges of uncertain future conditions. This research project will use the RDM approach to study water resource planning under uncertainty in the Cauvery River Basin in Karnataka (CRB-K), in southern India.

The project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and conducted at the London School of Economics and University of Leeds through the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy in collaboration with institutions in India.

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The CI4Tea project is part of the Future Climate For Africa (FCFA) programme, funded by DFiD and NERC.

The project is led by Prof. Andy Dougill, with Dr. Neha Mittal acting as the lead researcher. The project aims to co-produce future climate information to inform immediate, short-term and long-term planning priorities of the tea sector in Malawi and Kenya. In partnership with the UK Met Office, the project will generate tailored climate information based on 29 CMIP5 model simulations and high-resolution CP4-Africa simulations at tea estate scale using weather station observations from the past.

The project started in June 2017, and will end in February 2018.

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The UMFULA project is part of the Future Climate For Africa programme funded by the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). UMFULA (‘river’ in Zulu) will provide new insights and more reliable information about climate processes and extremes in Central and Southern Africa. UMFULA will partner with agencies and universities in Tanzania and Malawi to link the information to development decisions with long-term consequences. The University of Leeds will host two post-doctoral researchers as part of this project.

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QA4Seas (Quality Assurance for Multi-model Seasonal Forecast Products) aims at developing a strategy for the evaluation and quality control of the multi-model seasonal forecasts provided by the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) to respond to the needs identified among a wide range of stakeholders. The quality assessment will be user driven and will put at work the best expertise available on the evaluation of the multi-faceted quality aspects of state-of-the-art seasonal forecast systems.

The project will run from July 2016 to September 2018, and is funded by ECMWF as part of the Copernicus programme.



Suraje Dessai is on the expert panel for network 'BRIM – Building Resilience Into risk Management'. The network brings together academics, engineers and policy makers to develop a shared, multi-disciplinary vision of how to build resilience into networked risk management for highly complex engineered systems. 

This network is led by Dr Guangtao Fu at the University of Exeter, and supported by Professor Roy Kalawsky at Loughborough University and Dr Monica Rivas Casado at Cranfield University. The network is funded through a EPSRC grant as part of the Engineering Grand Challenge programme, and a number of industrial partners.

The project will run until Nov 2018. Further information is available on their website




The projects under this link have now been completed or the Climate Change Adaptation Group's role has come to an end.

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