Modelling topoclimate over the Ethiopian highlands: effects on rainfall distribution, vegetation and hydrology

01 October 2020 → 30 September 2025
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Climatology
    • Meteorology
    • Surfacewater hydrology
    • Physical geography and environmental geoscience not elsewhere classified
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Forest protection
Climate modelling mountain hydrology mountain massifs rain shadow topoclimatology vegetation cover
Project description

The spatiotemporal variability of rainfall, vegetation, and hydrology, and how the orographic driving factors (orographic rains on windward slopes and leeward rain shadow) controls these variables in the tropical mountains of Ethiopia is not well known. In this study, the convection permitting simulation (ALARO-0 RCM) is used to understand the rainfall distribution over the Ethiopian mountain massifs at a sub-daily timescale.