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Videos: Researchers discuss East Africa drought

October 5th, 2011

A crucial part of the International Research Institute for Climate and Society’s mission is to help people become less exposed and threatened by droughts, floods and climate change-related risks.

by using its research and great expertise, The scientists from the Institute have been sharing their thoughts on the catastrophic famine that is affecting the Horn of Africa through some video interviews.

Brad Lyon summarizes the climate underpinnings of crisis.

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 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  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.

The Institute has said they will be posting more and more videos in the coming weeks. In the meantime, you can watch all these videos, and share them with all your networks, on their video channel

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