Dynamic interactions among people, livestock, and savanna ecosystems under climate change (EACLIPSE)

The overall objective of this project is to examine the dynamics between coupled human-biophysical systems in savannas under climate change. Climate change is affecting savanna ecosystems which directly impact livestock and crop production, and peoples' livelihoods. The study area encompasses the savanna areas of Kenya and Tanzania. Researchers are using multiple methods and information sources in this project to identify the interactions in the coupled human-biophysical system. Our interdisciplinary team has expertise in spatial and temporal analysis, longterm field research on the impact of climate and other environmental changes on society in East Africa, and the use of existing datasets and models including a regional climate model calibrated for the region.