Professor Rosalind Cornforth

Walker Institute - Director

Web Pages:


  • AfClix (Africa Climate Exchange) portal

  • My research
  • TAMSAT group
  • Responsibilities:

    • Director of AfClix (Africa Climate Exchange)
    • Senior Research Scientist at the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (Climate Directorate) and the Department of Meteorology
    • Ambassador, TAMSAT

    Research Interests:

    • Improving understanding of the fundamental dynamics of African weather systems and downstream tropical cyclogenesis
    • Developing user-centred integrated climate early warning systems, based on the Rainwatch AfClix monitoring/prediction platform.
    • African rainfall variability and predictability of extreme precipitation events
    • Knowledge Exchange and experiential learning for managing climate resilience
    • Governance and decision-making for climate change adaptation

    Research Projects:

    • AfClix - Africa Climate Exchange - Bridging climate science and policy for improving food security in Sub-Saharan Africa - NERC funding: Dec 2011-Dec 2014 (AfClix)

    • AfClix Early Warning System for Sudan - Collaborative Pilot Project with Rainwatch (CIMMS), AfClix, Sudan Meteorological Authority (SMA), Practical Action, UNEP, DfID, TAMSAT, NCAS-Climate, Walker Institute for Climate System Research and Sudanese institutes and Community-based organizations (December 2011 – December 2014) (SCEWAS)

    • AfClix Rainwatch Drought Early Warning Systems Development of integrated Early Warning Sytems. Platform is currently operational across the African Sahel in Senegal, Mali and Niger, with planned integrated extensions in 2014 to Burkina Faso,Sudan and Ethiopia

    • Building understanding of climate variability into planning of groundwater supplies from low storage aquifers in Africa - DfID-NERC UpGRO Catapult Funding: July 2013-June 2014 (BRAVE)

    • Attributing impacts of external climate drivers on extreme weather events in Africa - NERC Standard Grant: July 2013-June 2016 (ACE-Africa)

    • Fundamental influences of large-scale wave dynamics on tropical weather systems - NERC Standard Grant: Oct 2011-Sept 2015 (TROPWAVE)

    • User-oriented agricultural drought decision-support insurance tool - Short NERC Scoping Project: June-Sept 2013 (uADDIT)

    • TAMSAT Business Interaction Fund - NERC Business Interaction Fund. March-September 2013 TAMSAT BIF

    Postdoctoral & graduate student supervision

    Rosalind is keen to discuss proposals for postgraduate research in the study of the following topics:

    • Drivers of current and future extreme weather events in Africa
    • Sub-seasonal, seasonal and decadel variability and prediction in Africa
    • Integrated Early Warning Systems
    • Good practice approaches to adapt and build resilience
    • Economics of climate adaptation

  • Current supervision:
    • Hannah Parker Hannah is a first year PhD student co-supervised by Dr Ros Cornforth and Prof Emily Boyd. She is studying the interpretation and use of attribution information from a Social Science perspective. Completes 2017
    • Simon Rowell is a second year NERC Industry CASE student with Hiscox Catastrophe Modeling Company, examining the role of AEW variability and the large-scale environment on the genesis of Atlantic Hurricanes. Simon is co-supervised by Dr Kevin Hodges and Dr Ros Cornforth from UoR, and Dr RIchard Dixon and Dr Matt Swann from Hiscox Catastrophe Modelling Company. Completes 2014

    MSc Dissertations

    • Tsz-Kin Lai (2013). Emergence of Tropical Cyclones in Baroclinic Waves
    • Zablon Shilenje (2013). Managing for uncertain climate risk: Early Warning and climate communication in the context of Sudan
    • Ffion Watson (2013). Lessons of early warning in Africa
    • Shani Haruna (2013). Integrating existing knowledge in the university sector to more effectively engage with climate change: A case study of the University of Reading
    • Richa Gurung (2013). Understanding social barriers and limits to climate change Adaptation in Nepal
    • Ruari Rhodes (2012). Changes in the long term variability of the rains of Sudan
    • Sarah Hartley (2012). Trends in Indian monsoon rainfall in recent decades
    • Elizabeth Good (2011). Role of air-sea fluxes and teleconnections in the evolution of Tropical Atlantic sea surface temperature errors
    • Simon Rowell (2010). Downstream Transformation of African Easterly Waves: Criteria for Development
    • Edgar Méndez García (2009). Medium and extended-range forecasting in West Africa

    Relevant Scientific Positions of Trust:

    Recent Publications:

    Publications for

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    Number of items: 22.


    Jones, L., Harvey, B., Cochrane, L., Cantin, B., Conway, D., Cornforth, R., De Souza, K. and Kirbyshire, A. (2018) Designing the next generation of climate adaptation research for development. Regional Environmental Change, 18 (1). pp. 297-304. ISSN 1436-378X doi:


    Cornforth, R., Mumba, Z. and Parker, D. (2017) Synoptic systems. In: Parker, D. J. and Diop-Kane, M. (eds.) Meteorology of tropical West Africa: the Forecasters’ Handbook. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, pp. 40-89. ISBN 9781118391303

    Parker, H. L., Lott, F. C., Cornforth, R. J., Mitchell, D. M., Sparrow, S. and Wallon, D. (2017) A comparison of model ensembles for attributing 2012 West African rainfall. Environmental Research Letters, 12 (1). 014019. ISSN 1748-9326 doi:

    Parker, H. R., Boyd, E., Cornforth, R., James, R., Frederike, O. and Myles, A. (2017) Stakeholder perceptions of event attribution in the loss and damage debate. Climate Policy, 17 (4). pp. 533-550. ISSN 1469-3062 doi:


    Parker, H. R., Cornforth, R., Suarez, P., Allen, M., Boyd, E., James, R., Jones, R., Otto, F. and Walton, P. (2016) Using a game to engage stakeholders in extreme event attribution science. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, 7 (4). pp. 353-365. ISSN 2095-0055 doi:

    Crisp, N. and Cornforth, R. (2016) Climate change and resilience in the Great Lakes region of Africa. In: Crisp, N. (ed.) One World Health: An Overview of Global Health. CRC Press, London, pp. 107-109. ISBN 9781498739412


    Otto, F., Boyd, E., Jones, R., Cornforth, R., James, R., Parker, H. R. and Allen, M. (2015) Attribution of extreme weather events in Africa: a preliminary exploration of the science and policy implications. Climatic Change, 132 (4). pp. 531-543. ISSN 0165-0009 doi:

    Parker, H. R., Cornforth, R., Boyd, E., James, R., Otto, F. E. L. and Allen, M. R. (2015) Implications of event attribution for loss and damage policy. Weather, 70 (9). pp. 268-273. ISSN 0043-1656 doi:

    Graham, R., Ticehurst, H., Leathes, B., Wade, S., Visman, E., Bayley, S., Kane, C., Shongwe, M., Ferreira, T., Amato, R., Bain, C., Boyd, E., Dilley, M., Janes, T., Lumbroso, D., May, S., Oakley, T., Powell, R., Cornforth, R., Ewbank, R., Washington, R., Hewitt, C., Jones, R. and Moufouma-Okia, W., (2015) Scoping, options analysis and design of a ‘Climate Information and Services Programme’ for Africa (CIASA): Final report. Technical Report. Department for International Development doi:

    Graham, R., Visman, E., Wade, S., Amato, R., Bain, C., Janes, T., Leathes, B., Lumbroso, D., Cornforth, R., Boyd, E. and Parker, D., (2015) Scoping, options analysis and design of a ‘Climate Information and Services Programme’ for Africa (CIASA): literature review. Technical Report. Department for International Development doi:


    James, R., Otto, F., Parker, H., Boyd, E., Cornforth, R., Mitchell, D. and Allen, M. (2014) Characterising loss and damage from climate change. Nature Climate Change, 4 (11). pp. 938-939. ISSN 1758-678X doi:

    Brown, S., Cornforth, R., Boyd, E., Standley, S., Allen, M., Clement, K., Gonzalo, A., Erwin, G., Michelle, S., Haseeb, I. and Maliha, S., Brown, S., ed. (2014) Science for Humanitarian Emergencies and Resilience (SHEAR) scoping study: Annex 3 - Early warning system and risk assessment case studies. Climate, Environment, Infrastructure and Livelihoods Professional Evidence and Applied Knowledge Services (CEIL PEAKS) programme. Technical Report. Evidence on Demand with the assistance of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) pp53. doi:

    Duncan, M., Crowley, K., Cornforth, R., Edwards, S., Ewbank, R., Karbassi, P., McLaren, C., Penya, J. L., Obrecht, A., Seargent, S. and Visman, E., (2014) Integrating science into humanitarian and development planning and practice to enhance community resilience. Report. UK Collaborative on Development Sciences, London, UK. pp49.


    Cornforth, R. (2013) Weathering drought in Africa. Appropriate Technology, 40 (2). pp. 26-28. ISSN 1751-6900

    Boyd, E. and Cornforth, R. J. (2013) Building climate resilience: lessons of early warning in Africa. In: Moser, S. C. and Boykoff, M. T. (eds.) Successful Adaptation to Climate Change: Linking Science and Policy in a Rapidly Changing World. Routledge, pp. 201-219. ISBN 9780415524995

    Boyd, E., Cornforth, R. J., Lamb, P. J., Tarhule, A., Lélé, M. I. and Brouder, A. (2013) Building resilience in the face of recurring environmental crisis in African Sahel. Nature Climate Change, 3 (7). pp. 631-637. ISSN 1758-678X doi:

    Cornforth, R., Boyd, E. and Lamb, P. (2013) Case Study 5: Watching the rains to build resilience in the African Sahel. In: Southgate, R. and Murray, V. (eds.) Using Science for Disaster Risk Reduction Report of the UNISDR Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee. The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, pp. 22-23.

    Cornforth, R. J. (2013) West African monsoon 2012. Weather, 68 (10). pp. 256-263. ISSN 1477-8696 doi:


    Cornforth, R. (2012) Overview of the West African monsoon 2011. Weather, 67 (3). pp. 59-65. ISSN 0043-1656 doi:


    Black, E., Mithen, S., Hoskins, B. and Cornforth, R. (2010) Water and society: past, present and future. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 368 (1931). pp. 5107-5110. ISSN 1364-503X doi:


    Cornforth, R. J. and Hoskins, B. J. (2009) Understanding African easterly waves: a moist singular vector approach. Atmospheric Science Letters, 10 (3). pp. 185-191. ISSN 1530-261X doi:

    Cornforth, R. J., Hoskins, B. J. and Thorncroft, C. D. (2009) The impact of moist processes on the African easterly jet-African easterly wave system. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 135 (641). pp. 894-913. ISSN 1477-870X doi:

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