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A new article, titled “The role of regional climate projections in managing complex socio-ecological systems”, has been published in the journal Regional Environmental Change. Written with colleagues at CSAG, namely Kate Sutherland, Chris Jack and Bruce Hewitson, the paper explores the difficulties and intricacies of using regional downscaled model climate projections to inform adaptation decisions. Although it appears as a review article, the paper was written as more of a “think piece” and we provide a critical perspective on the current thinking around the value of downscaling and how climate information can be incorporated into decisions about complex systems. Using the Dwesa-Cwebe region in the Eastern Cape as a focus for a worked example, we place ourselves in the position of decision makers trying to navigate the complicated landscape of climate information. I hope you enjoy reading the paper and feel free to contact me with any comments you might have.

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