I’d like to consult with you

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CSAG, like many climate research units, is experiencing an ever-growing demand for “climate services”. In this context, I would define climate services as a mechanism for disseminating the results of research to the wider audience be it through capacity building/training, developing learning resources, developing online data sharing resources or through tailored consultancy work. It is… Read more »

Data challenges: Lessons from research in southern Africa

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I took 3 months late last year to travel to research sites in the region for data collection. I am carrying out a study which seeks to assess how climate change can impact smallholder crop production in southern Africa. The intention was to collect agronomic data for evaluating the performance of DSSAT (the crop model… Read more »

Dust-haze Pollutant: The Good, the Bad and the West Africans

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West African weather is largely controlled by the annual north-south oscillatory movements of the Inter Tropical Discontinuity (ITD), an imaginary line that separates cool maritime equatorial south-westerly wind from hot continental north-easterly wind. ITD reaches its northern-most (22°N) and southern-most (4°N) positions during the months of August and January respectively. Deep convective systems responsible for… Read more »

The challenge of disseminating the seasonal forecast during the unusual 2012/2013 rainy season

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The seasonal forecast of the forthcoming rainy season is of paramount importance, particularly in the SADC counties where rain fed agriculture is the backbone of the economies of many member states in the region. It has become an important tool in many key sectors such as disaster risk reduction, water management and health. Recent developments… Read more »

5 Ways Weather Has Changed History

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While searching for some topic of interest to bumble on about in this blog, I remembered an article I read ages ago that left an impression. Maybe the weather is something that most of us at CSAG think about on a daily basis (I hope), but it is interesting to hear how the weather has… Read more »

Signal vs. Noise

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What is the difference? What is the optimal length of time to separate signal from noise in a period of climate warming? Happy new year!!! For the last couple of weeks I have been reading articles related to climate change and global warming and have found the use of certain technical terms very interesting. The… Read more »

Is it because of climate change?

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First and foremost, happy new year! I hope you enjoyed reading articles on the CSAG blog last year. Let’s see if we can keep the momentum going in 2013. Please do share the blog with interested friends and colleagues and feel free to post comments on current and past blog articles. I hope everyone had… Read more »

More reflection on interdisciplinary research and how funding institutions such as the NRF play a pivotal role in fostering interdisciplinary scholarship

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In her blog Zoe pointed out some of the benefits and challenges of interdisciplinary research. I would like to follow Zoe’s lead as I believe that interdisciplinary work will in the future become the norm rather than the expectation. But I am also of the opinion that until now we still lack some of the… Read more »

Did Hurricane Sandy help Obama to win the US election?

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Mother Nature timed one of her catastrophic onslaughts perfectly during the build up towards the election of the new leader of the world’s largest economy. It almost seemed as though hurricane Sandy intended to steal the US election campaign’s “thunder” while at the same time remained the US (and the rest of the world) who… Read more »