High Resolution Risk and Vulnerability Mapping for the Zambezi River Basin (Middle and Lower Reaches) to Inform Climate Resilient Development in the Basin

Client:   One World
Region of Interest:  Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia (Zambezi river basin), Zimbabwe
Start Date:  September 2011
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The objective was to mobilise better resolution data for this sub-region. The project was funded by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)

This project followed on from the mapping component of the Regional Climate Change Programme (RCCP) for the southern African Development Community (SADC) with a geographic focus on a major hotspot identified for the Zambezi Valley.
The methods were similar to the RCCP but more data layers were accessed through census results etc. to achieve the improved resolution. We carried out extensive raster analysis to reveal and measure geographic patterns in indicators of exposure (current and 2050), sensitivity and adaptive capacity as per the IPCC guidelines. Downscaled climate projections were accessed at 1 km2 resolution to improve the resolution of 2050 assessments.
High resolution census data was accessed for Malawi and our analysis showed that Southern Malawi was particularly vulnerable to, and at risk from climate events in the future.
Outputs included summary maps for reports, hardcopy maps for meetings and a methods report.