Open Statement from the Young Earth System Scientists Community (YESS) regarding job cuts to CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere and Land and Water divisions

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In this blog of the Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG) at University of Cape Town (UCT), I would like to publicize and disseminate the below open statement from the Young Earth System Scientists Community (YESS) regarding the massive job cuts to CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere and Land and Water divisions. YESS is a global network… Read more »

Index 451

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I’ve been traveling in North America for a few months now. This has required me not only to relearn how to drive on the right-hand side of the road, but also the Fahrenheit temperature scale. So this XKCD comic describes a day to day occurrence for me. This can be quite important, since when reported… Read more »

Reproducible El Niños

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A lot of attention has been given to the consequences of the latest strong El Niño event. Were these a surprise? Where do we get our notions of what we expect? A lot of ‘big picture’ intuition about climate patterns and variation comes from some rather straightforward statistical methods. I wanted to briefly unpack a… Read more »

Graduation

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We have a number of people who are completing, submitting, correcting, and graduating with their MS/PhD degrees.  Here are some!  Congratulations to all.

CSAG Director Prof Bruce Hewitson – University of Cape Town’s newest A-rated researcher

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Professor Bruce Hewitson is UCT’s newest A-rated researcher following the latest round of National Research Foundation ratings. A-ratings are awarded to researchers who are “unequivocally recognised by their peers as leading international scholars in their field for the high quality and impact of their recent research outputs.   Congratulations Bruce   Original article HERE

Climate change and terrorism; it’s not one or the other

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Paris has been on my mind more than other recent attacks, due to it being my uncontrollable place of birth, but there is no doubt that wherever the location or whatever the reason, a planned innocent-killing attack, either led by terrorist or anti-terrorist groups, should NOT be.

Community-Based Adaptation

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  In this blog I would like to talk about one of the best conferences I attended this year (2015), the “Ninth International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation” held in Nairobi. More than 400 scientists from around the world (over 90 countries) attended the conference. The theme of the conference was ‘Measuring and enhancing effective adaptation‘…. Read more »

Everything I needed to know about climate change I learned from Leonard Cohen

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Okay, maybe not everything. However, when discussing climate science it’s inevitable at some point the conversation will turn to the subject of ‘the future’. Often in the form a question like “So what’s going to happen?”, at times meant in quite precise terms.  In some ways it’s a quite flattening question. Unfortunately, I’m not very… Read more »