IMPALA – Improving Model Processes for African Climate

(2015 – current)

This project, led by the UK Met Office, aims to deliver a step change in predictive capability for Africa on the 5-40 year timescales. IMPALA (Improving Model Processes for African cLimAt) will feature very high resolution (4 km) continent-wide model simulations. At these spatial scales models simulate convection explicitly. The project offers the opportunity to assess the potential gains of such explicit convective simulation over the parameterised equivalent. Oxford works conjunction with five African-based partners at the University of Cape Town, University of Yanounde I, University of Nairobi, the South African Weather Service and the African Centre of Meteorological Application for Development in Niamey, Niger.