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The International Research Institute for Climate and Society researchers discuss East Africa drought on video

October 4th, 2011

A key part of the mission of the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) is to apply its climate research and expertise to help societies reduce their vulnerability to droughts, floods and other risks. IRI’s scientists have recently been sharing their thoughts and perspectives on the famine in the Horn of Africa in a series of video interviews.

  • Pietro Ceccato describes how satellites are used to monitor areas like Somalia, where ground-level information is unavailable or unreliable.
  • Jim Hansen reminds us that the current famine is a consequence not only of extended drought, but also because of serious neglect in agricultural development in the region that has left people increasingly vulnerable.
  • Dan Osgood explains index insurance and how it is helping to reduce hardship in some poor rural communities.
  • Tufa Dinku discusses his work on combining weather station data with satellite information to generate high-resolution data sets that could be used for making forecasts and feed into climate risk management activities.

View them all on IRI’s video channel!