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dc.contributor.advisorUrban, Michael A. (Michael Andrew)en_US
dc.contributor.authorDiessner, Colleen
dc.date.issued2012
dc.date.submitted2012 Springen_US
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on September 19, 2012).en_US
dc.descriptionThe 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.descriptionThesis advisor: Dr. Mike Urbanen_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.en_US
dc.descriptionM.A. University of Missouri--Columbia 2012.en_US
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Geography.en_US
dc.description"May 2012"en_US
dc.description.abstractPopulations 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.extentvi, 93 pagesen_US
dc.identifier.otherDiessnerC-050212-T834
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/15399
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaen_US
dc.relation.ispartof2012 MU restricted theses (MU)en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Theses. 2012 Theses
dc.rightsAccess is limited to the University of Missouri - Columbia.en_US
dc.subjectenvironmental perceptionen_US
dc.subjectclimate changeen_US
dc.subjectlocal knowledgeen_US
dc.subjectcommunity vulnerabilityen_US
dc.titleIt will rain if god wills it: local perceptions of climate change in the Futa Tooro of northern Senegalen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGeographyen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGeographyeng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameM.A.en_US


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