DAI Global recently published the latest DAIdeas (May 2013) on Science into Action: Turning Climate Studies into Decision-Making Tools. The paper is written by Kevin Carlucci, DAI's Climate Adaptation Specialist and Del McCluskey, Global Lead for DAI's Environment, Climate Change & Urban Services Practice.
Read the excerpts below or download the file (PDF, 284.9 KB):
“A recent climate study undertaken by the USAID Mekong ARCC project finds that the Mekong Basin will see more extremes: wetter wet seasons, drier dry seasons, higher average temperatures. Some parts of the basin could experience an average annual temperature increase of 4°–6° Celsius. In places like the eastern plains of Cambodia, that means the maximum daily average temperature could rise from 38°C to 42°C, leading to increased heat and water stress on rice and rubber crops at the end of the dry season...”
“…How do we translate science-based scenarios into practical adaptation actions? To start with, decision makers must understand the subtleties of how wetter wet seasons or more days at higher temperatures will directly affect the fortunes of their community, business, or local government. Importantly, they must also be able to monitor and measure changes as they occur. The USAID Mekong ARCC project, a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) initiative, has introduced the concepts of “comfort zones” and “threshold markers” to aid decision makers in analyzing their own distinct vulnerabilities and monitor the changes around them…”
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