ESPP Distinguished Lecture Series | Dr. Amadou Thierno Gaye | Climate Sciences for Climate-Resilient Development in West Africa

Thu, April 27, 2023 2:00 PM - Thu, April 27, 2023 3:30 PM at Hybrid: Giltner Hall, Rm. 273 or Zoom

As part of its Distinguished Lecture Series, the Environmental Science and Policy Program is proud to welcome Dr. Amadou Thierno Gaye, Distinguished Professor and Climate Scientist at the Université Cheikh Anta Diop Dakar in Senegal, for a special lecture entitled "Climate Sciences for Climate-Resilient Development in West Africa," on Thursday, April 27, 2023, at 2:00 PM in Giltner, Room 273 or on Zoom (See below for Zoom information). 


Africa is highly vulnerable to climate change, and there are high uncertainties about future climate at regional and local scales. The region is a hotspot for climate and societal interactions. Society and economy are tremendously affected by climate change at different time and spatial scales. In this presentation, we will demonstrate how climate change is affecting the region at different scales through changes of temperature, rainfall regimes, the occurrence of weather extremes, impacts on diseases, water resources, agriculture and flooding, etc. The knowledge and data produced have contributed to national policies, national adaptation plans, and nationally determined contributions. We will also share how multistakeholder dialogue and co-production of knowledge have been experimented with to formulate long-term climate-resilient development strategies for the agriculture sector.


Professor Amadou Gaye is currently Distinguished Professor and climate scientist at Université Cheikh Anta Diop Dakar in Senegal and senior team leader of several research scientists and Ph.D. students. For more than twenty-five years, he has been engaged in research and teaching on African climate variability, climate change and also dialogue with stakeholders, including policymakers. Professor Gaye has trained and mentored generations of climate scientists in Africa and developed a very strong climate research center. He has served as PI on several collaborative and international research projects at African and international levels. He occupied high-level positions in academic institutions (i.e. Director/Dean of Ecole Superieure Polytechnique, the biggest and most prestigious engineering school in Senegal). He is also an experienced policymaker as Director General of Research and Innovation (Chief Scientist) at the Senegal Ministry of Higher Education, Research, and Innovation. He has contributed as Lead Author in IPCC assessments. Gaye is currently a member of the Science Steering Group of the World Climate Research Program Joint Scientific Committee. He is also the current Co-chair of the African initiative called Climate Research for Development (CR4D).

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