CCI/CLIVAR WORKSHOP T O DEVELOP PRIORITY CLIMATE INDICES BY DAVI D R. EASTERLING, LISA V . ALEXANDER, ABDALLAH MOKSSIT, AN D VALERY DETEMMERMAN This WMO-sponsored workshop on climate variability and change in Africa resulted in some of the first analyses of climate extremes for many parts of that continent. here is general agreement within the climate Change (IPCC) Third Assessment Report (TAR; community that changes in the frequency or in- Folland et al. 2001) showed that large parts of Africa Ttensity of extreme climate events would have have warmed considerably over the twentieth century, profound impacts on nature and society. It is critical with the strongest warming taking place since 1975. that, where possible, all parts of the world are exam- Analysis shows that annual precipitation in most of ined for evidence of changes in extremes. One area the analyzed area in Africa decreased greatly in 1901- of the world that has suffered from a relative lack of 2000; however, parts of western Africa have seen in- analysis is the continent of Africa. Although African creases since 1975. At issue though, is that large parts climate data for longer averaging periods (monthly of the continent remain unanalyzed even with
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Oct 1, 2003
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