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Yang receives funding for climate risk profile studies for Africa

Grant and Award Announcement

George Mason University

Ruixin Yang, Associate Professor, Geography and Geoinformation Science/Assistant Director, Center for Earth Observing Spatial Research (CEOSR), received $8,000 from the International Food Policy Research Institute for the project: "Climate Risk Profile Studies For Africa."

Yang is producing hazard maps by major crops and by seasons.

He is conducting an extensive review of existing hazard development methods employed by the Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

Yang is also developing a Python program that focuses on mapping and identifying the hazard index, with specific attention to assessing the severity and occurrence of the hazards. 

Additionally, he is preparing technical reports in which he is documenting the methodology and other details of this research.

Funding for this project began in Oct. 2023 and will end in Dec. 2023.


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