West Africa is very vulnerable to climate change and the reasons proffered include over-dependence on rain fed agriculture, weak governance, inadequate economic and technological development as well as more technical reasons such as the fact that the Global Circulation Models (GCMs) used in simulating the regional patterns of climate are too coarse to reliably project the impacts of climate change in West African. Many gaps still exist that may provide the missing link between the relationship of land use changes, climate stress and possible feedbacks. This evident weakness of the African scientific community to analyse climate change patterns and impacts as well as design and manage strategies and actions to cope and adapt underscores the critical need for concerted efforts in inter-disciplinary scientific research and education to improve or compliment the various studies that have identified the different impacts of climate change and adaptation strategies.
These GSPs would also collaborate with FUT Minna through teaching and student supervision.
To become the leading postgraduate degree programme for educating vibrant young scientists and conducting cross-disciplinary, multi-sectoral and innovative research on Climate Change that aims at bridging the gap in knowledge on the land use changes, climate stress and possible feedbacks.
To produce graduates equipped with the highest quality education and training in the use of innovative research methodologies and application of state-of-the-art digital technologies and modelling tools for assessing climate change impacts with the view of deriving useable climate change scenarios that can guide policy formulation across the West African region.