It will rain if god wills it: local perceptions of climate change in the Futa Tooro of northern Senegal

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It will rain if god wills it: local perceptions of climate change in the Futa Tooro of northern Senegal

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dc.contributor.advisor Urban, Michael A. (Michael Andrew) en_US
dc.contributor.author Diessner, Colleen
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-19T13:59:25Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-19T13:59:25Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.date.submitted 2012 Spring en_US
dc.identifier.other DiessnerC-050212-T834
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/15399
dc.description Title from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on September 19, 2012). en_US
dc.description The entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file. en_US
dc.description Thesis advisor: Dr. Mike Urban en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references. en_US
dc.description M.A. University of Missouri--Columbia 2012. en_US
dc.description Dissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Geography. en_US
dc.description "May 2012" en_US
dc.description.abstract Populations in the Sahel are among the most vulnerable to climate change and variability (CCV). The increased temperatures and rainfall variability predicted by General Circulation Models (GCM) threaten Sahel livelihoods by exacerbating aridity and existing environmental, political, and economic challenges. In addition to the broader issues of poverty and environmental degradation, lack of awareness of the problem contributes to regional vulnerability. This project explores local awareness of environmental change to evaluate the vulnerability of the Futa Tooro, a Sahel region in Northern Senegal, to climate change. Using semi-structured open-ended interviews of four Futa villages, local understanding of CCV and perceptions of ongoing environmental changes was investigated to gauge potential for local adaptation strategies that effectively accommodate the experienced change. Details concerning the sources for environmental knowledge are also gathered to identify factors influencing local perception of and response to environmental change. Participant responses show diverse explanations of causes for currently perceived environment changes, although explanations are consistently attributed to ideas of holism and the fatalism of Allah's will. Most interviews did not reference CCV as a cause for locally experienced environment changes. Local efforts in CCV adaptation strategies and environmental education were equally unheard of, indicating high vulnerability among Futa Tooro communities to predicted CCV changes for the Sahel. en_US
dc.format.extent vi, 93 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
dc.relation.ispartof 2012 MU restricted theses (MU) en_US
dc.rights Access is limited to the University of Missouri - Columbia. en_US
dc.subject environmental perception en_US
dc.subject climate change en_US
dc.subject local knowledge en_US
dc.subject community vulnerability en_US
dc.title It will rain if god wills it: local perceptions of climate change in the Futa Tooro of northern Senegal en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Geography en_US
thesis.degree.grantor University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
thesis.degree.name M.A. en_US
thesis.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunity University of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Theses. 2012 Theses


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