The Strauss Center's Climate Change and African Political Stability program has initiated a new Working Paper Series, publishing full-length working papers on research underway in the program.  The publication series aims to convey ongoing program research regularly to the policy and research communities.  The program released its first working paper in the series in August of 2010: Locating Climate Insecurity: Where are the Most Vulnerable Places in Africa?, written by Joshua W. Busby, Todd G. Smith, Kaiba L. White, and Shawn M. Strange.

In this working paper, CCAPS researchers, led by Dr. Joshua Busby, locate the confluence of vulnerabilities in African regions through the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and multi-layered mapping.  While there is wide agreement that Africa may be the continent most vulnerable to climate change, the effects of climate change and the challenges in responding are not uniformly distributed across Africa.  Using national and sub-national data on a range of physical, political, and socio-economic hazards, the research team investigates which regions in Africa are most vulnerable to climate change—and why—at the most detailed scale possible.

The publication is available online here.  To order a hard copy, contact the CCAPS program at 512-471-6267 or info@strausscenter.org.  Please reference the document title and publication date.

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