Tuesday 6
Critical Perspectives on ‘Knowledge for Adaptation' : The LKCCAP Project in the Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania
Thomas Smucker
› 10:25 - 11:20 (55min)
› Rondelet
Bottom-Up Climate Science in the Kilimanjaro Region of Tanzania
Daniel Weiner  1, *@  , Jennifer Olson  2, *@  , Thomas Smucker  3@  
1 : University of Connecticut  (UConn)  -  Website
Office of Global Affairs University of Connecticut 368 Fairfield Way, Room 124 Storrs, CT 06269-4182 -  États-Unis
2 : Michigan State University  (MSU)  -  Website
446 Communication Arts & Sciences Building Michigan State University East Lansing, MI 48823 -  États-Unis
3 : Department of Geography, Ohio University  (OU)  -  Website
122 Clippinger Labs - Department of Geography Ohio University Athens, OH 45701 -  États-Unis
* : Corresponding author

Session title: Critical Perspectives on ‘Knowledge for Adaptation': The LKCCAP Project in the Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania

This paper addresses concerns about a “new climate reductionism” by integrating local knowledge about climate change with model results and precipitation data in the Kilimanjaro Region of Tanzania. We argue for bottom-up climate science where socially differentiated perspectives about past, present and future climates are scaled-up. Our focus in this paper is on deconstructing the social and spatial aspects of increased climate variability, and in particular: 1) the frequency of drought years; 2) the length of the long and short rains; 3) rainfall intensity; 4) mid-season dry periods; 5) impacts of elevation; and, 6) local adaptations to perceived changes in climate. The primary conclusion of this research is that studying climate from the bottom-up provides an epistemological and methodological framework that is well suited for understanding change and planning for it. Peoples' narratives are also an important reminder that climate is only one variable in a rapidly changing socio-environmental landscape that requires ongoing adaptation.



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