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Graduate Exit Seminar via Zoom - Sumia Mohamed

Plan to join via Zoom Sumia Mohamed's graduate exit seminar on January 3, 2022, at 10:00 a.m.  Sumia will present, "Assessing Vulnerability and the Potential for Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) in Sudan’s Blue Nile Basin."

Sudan is one of the world's most vulnerable countries to climate variability and change. Sudan's Blue Nile Basin is a critical watershed, and its high vulnerability is owing to its climate-sensitive agricultural sector, which has been heavily impacted by erratic rainfall and frequent flood events. This study assessed the vulnerability factors (i.e., exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity) of crop farming livelihood group across three identified livelihood zones within Sudan's Blue Nile Basin, specifically in relation to the impacts of climate change on selected ecosystem services. Taking a bottom-up approach, this study reveals the complex relationship between ecosystems, ecosystem services, and livelihoods and fills a gap in studies at the Nile River Basin level. The study results provide a better understanding of the causal mechanisms behind the vulnerability of the crop farming livelihood group as well as the hazard of climate change itself. These results were then used to identify potential climate change adaptation interventions to increase resilience of ecosystems and better secure human well-being.

Advisor: Dr. Stacey Fineran
Co-advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Jacquet