Analysis of the Spatial-Temporal Variability of Rainfall and Temperature and Their Effects on Pastoralist in West Pokot County, Kenya

  • S. D. Domokwang County Government of West Pokot
  • E. Bosire University of Nairobi
  • J. Ngaina University of Nairobi

Abstract

This study examined pastoralists’ vulnerability to climate change by analyzing climate variables (temperature and rainfall). It also examined the characteristics of pastoralists that reflect their exposure, sensitivity and adaptive capacity factoring definition of vulnerability as a function of high level of exposure, and sensitivity to climate shocks. The objective of this study was to examine the spatial-temporal variability of climate in West Pokot County, which was determined using trend and seasonal analysis of temperature and rainfall data from climate hazard infrared temperature station data (CHIRTS) and climate hazard infrared precipitation station data (CHIRPS) for the period of 1981-2019. The findings show that temperature was increasing in the county but at different rates in different sub-counties with Pokot Central subcounty having sharp increasing trend followed by Pokot North sub-county during the October-November-December (OND) season. On the other hand, rainfall showed a slight increasing trend both in OND and March- April-May (MAM) seasons. The study shows sharp increase in maximum temperature in OND, The study shows that increased anthropogenic activities, such as deforestation, poor land use and overstocking, have gradually led to an increase in global warming that increases surface temperature.

Published
2023-12-01
How to Cite
Domokwang, S. D., Bosire, E., & Ngaina, J. (2023). Analysis of the Spatial-Temporal Variability of Rainfall and Temperature and Their Effects on Pastoralist in West Pokot County, Kenya. East African Agricultural and Forestry Journal, 87(3&4), 11. Retrieved from https://www.kalro.org/www.eaafj.or.ke/index.php/path/article/view/646