Climate change research network is anchored by the Centre for Spatial Information Sciences of the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria. A multidisciplinary network comprising of various stakeholders in Climate Change, from the areas of Urban Planning, Health, Agriculture and Economy. This network draws from the existing institutions in the university such as the biggest agricultural research complex in West Africa consisting of the Institute of Agricultural Research (IAR); the National Animal Production and Research Institute (NAPRI) and the National Agricultural Extension Research and Liaison Services (NAERLS); College of Health Sciences and the Departments of Archeology, Geography and that of Urban and Regional Planning which is the oldest established Planning School in Nigeria.
Climate change as a reality manifests in a number of ways as human efforts in documentation of earth’s systems improve. The global south (Africa Inclusive) is characterized by higher vulnerability and poor adaptation to climate change. In addition to being understudied, the few existing studies regarding Africa’s vulnerability, poor adaptation and manifestation of climate change impacts have been largely conducted remotely from outside the region. This undermines global recognition. The lifestyles that accelerate climate change within the continent and relationships to impact are poorly reported. Although, Africa is popularly recognized as a receiver of climate change impacts initiated elsewhere, local accelerators of climate change and its impacts also need to be well understood. This can relate to the continent’s per capita contributions as it connects to such issues as energy use for example.
The peculiar nature of Africa’s development and urbanization requires locally relevant methodologies for climate change studies such as establishing impact patterns and vulnerability levels, as well as observing eco-system changes. This is at present hampered by the paucity of reliable databases. The available local research findings are also not in a form that is easily accessible to public and policy makers.
In response to the foregoing, the following research initiatives are being implemented by the network:
The dynamics of climate change, accelerators and impacts are intertwined and crosscutting requiring a comprehensive transdisciplinary approach to their understanding and management. In addition to the compartmentalized nature of existing approaches, the African situation in terms of contributions and impacts of climate change is seldom integrated properly in the global agenda. The comprehensive and transdisciplinary strategy to the understanding of climate change dynamics, accelerators and impacts is not often provided by the conventional approaches to climate change studies, and forms the basic platform upon which the CCRN is based. Another unique feature of the CCRN strategy is to create an open source data platform that allows for benchmarking to assess regional progress.
Collaboration is therefore needed in the following areas to aid in the earlier listed efforts:
|S/N||Research Title||Year||Research Collaboration|
|1||Land cover analyses for Zaria, Kaduna and Kano regions.||1980-2015||NIL|
|2||Pattern of Household Energy use in Samaru and Hayin Dogo of Zaria Urban Area as an accelerator of climate change impacts.||2006||NIL|
|3||Participatory city planning and a cultural dimension of climate change in Sokoto, North West Nigeria.||2010 - 2015||NIL|
|4||Urban Health Mapping in Bauchi North East Nigeria.||2002||NIL|
|5||Spatio - Temporal trends of livelihood pattern in Northern Nigeria.||2005 - 2017||NIL|
|S/N||Research Title||Year||Research Collaboration||1||Spatio – Temporal analysis of settlements growth pattern in Nigeria (1976 – 2016) – Grant of $100,000 by the National Research Fund of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund to determine settlements forms and patterns as its responds to climate change (2017-2019).||1976 - 2016||National Research Fund - TETFUND|
|2||Frontiers of Crime and Livelihood study in conjunction with University College London - A grant of GBP230,000 to determine among other things, the relationship between crime patterns and seasonal migration resulting from climate related challenges (2018-2019).||2018-2019||University College London|