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Climate science and famine early warning

Overview of attention for article published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, October 2005
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Title
Climate science and famine early warning
Published in
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, October 2005
DOI 10.1098/rstb.2005.1754
Pubmed ID
Authors

James Verdin, Chris Funk, Gabriel Senay, Richard Choularton

Abstract

Food security assessment in sub-Saharan Africa requires simultaneous consideration of multiple socio-economic and environmental variables. Early identification of populations at risk enables timely and appropriate action. Since large and widely dispersed populations depend on rainfed agriculture and pastoralism, climate monitoring and forecasting are important inputs to food security analysis. Satellite rainfall estimates (RFE) fill in gaps in station observations, and serve as input to drought index maps and crop water balance models. Gridded rainfall time-series give historical context, and provide a basis for quantitative interpretation of seasonal precipitation forecasts. RFE are also used to characterize flood hazards, in both simple indices and stream flow models. In the future, many African countries are likely to see negative impacts on subsistence agriculture due to the effects of global warming. Increased climate variability is forecast, with more frequent extreme events. Ethiopia requires special attention. Already facing a food security emergency, troubling persistent dryness has been observed in some areas, associated with a positive trend in Indian Ocean sea surface temperatures. Increased African capacity for rainfall observation, forecasting, data management and modelling applications is urgently needed. Managing climate change and increased climate variability require these fundamental technical capacities if creative coping strategies are to be devised.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 6 2%
United Kingdom 2 <1%
Italy 2 <1%
Kenya 1 <1%
Zimbabwe 1 <1%
Switzerland 1 <1%
Austria 1 <1%
Netherlands 1 <1%
Australia 1 <1%
Other 7 2%
Unknown 280 92%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 64 21%
Researcher 59 19%
Student > Master 57 19%
Lecturer 19 6%
Student > Bachelor 16 5%
Other 64 21%
Unknown 24 8%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Environmental Science 83 27%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 49 16%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 34 11%
Social Sciences 32 11%
Engineering 16 5%
Other 53 17%
Unknown 36 12%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 13. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 25 July 2021.
All research outputs
#2,037,603
of 20,109,407 outputs
Outputs from Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
#1,814
of 5,908 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#34,838
of 335,507 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
#31
of 80 outputs
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