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A climate trend analysis of Senegal

Fact Sheet 2012-3123

Famine Early Warning Systems Network—Informing Climate Change Adaptation Series
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Abstract

This brief report, drawing from a multi-year effort by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), identifies modest declines in rainfall, accompanied by increases in air temperatures. These analyses are based on quality-controlled station observations. Conclusions: * Summer rains have remained steady in Senegal over the past 20 years but are 15 percent below the 1920-1969 average. * Temperatures have increased by 0.9° Celsius since 1975, amplifying the effect of droughts. * Cereal yields are low but have been improving. * The amount of farmland per person is low and declining rapidly. * Current population and agriculture trends could lead to a 30-percent reduction in per capita cereal production by 2025.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
A climate trend analysis of Senegal
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
2012-3123
Subseries
Informing Climate Change Adaptation Series
Year Published:
2012
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description:
4 p.
Country:
Senegal