Saving the world one byte at a time!

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Computing capacity is an integral part of climate research. Running large complex climate models and processing large amounts of data require lots of computing capacity. This computer capacity is almost always made available as clusters of lots of specialised high-performance compute servers. Each server has a number of processing units (CPUs) and each CPU usually… Read more »

COVID 19 Statement

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We wish to inform you all that as per the national lockdown requirements for COVID-19 in South Africa (currently from 26 March to 17 April 2020) CSAG staff and students have and will be working remotely. CSAG strongly supports the need to limit social interaction in order to slow the spread of infections as well… Read more »

COVID-19 Data Monitoring Page

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Here you go… COVID-19 Data Monitoring Page There is loads and loads information on Corona epdemic out there. There is also loads and loads of noise. What is here, is basically for my personal use. I try to look how the epidemic evolves in various countries for various reasons. And I did not find anywhere… Read more »

Is Solar Radiation Management a practical solution?

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Solar radiation management (SRM) could be the only known quick method for stopping the rise of global temperatures at relatively low cost. SRM is a theoretical approach that aims to reduce climate warming by reflecting some sunlight back into space. Several SRM geoengineering technologies exist but two popular techniques currently receiving the most attention include,… Read more »

A reflection on the FRACTAL Theory of Change

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Theory of change (ToC)… the concept strikes fear in the hearts of many people working in the field of development aid or applied research. Because of the poor application of this framework in many cases, it’s usually associated with additional, onerous tasks of visualising and mapping objectives and pathways towards these, as well as tracking… Read more »

Twice the global rate

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Twice as fast as the globe? In one of the brief speeches at the Climate Strike event in front of SA parliament last Friday, a statement was broadcasted over the heads of the (unfortunately) moderately sized crowd that “South Africa is warming twice as fast as the globe”. That’s not the first time I’ve heard… Read more »

How agricultural intensification may apply as a climate change adaptation and mitigation strategy in rural South Africa for enhanced food security and environmental sustainability

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Written by: Farirai Rusere (PhD Fellow) South Africa is generally considered as a food secure nation. However, most rural households that engage in rainfed agriculture are food insecure. Climate change has increased the risks and uncertainties associated with rainfed agriculture. South Africa small scale farmers are not immune to these impacts. The impacts of climate change… Read more »