Are rains good this season?

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There is no need to remind that Cape Town’s water supply situation is dire. We have level 4 water restrictions in place, water storage levels are extremely low and alternative short-term and long-term water sources are actively being sought by the city’s government – solutions such as funding a set of temporary desalination plants, and… Read more »

The sociable scientist

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By: Jessica Lee Being the only philosophy graduate in a friendship circle of scientists I often find myself in debates on the role of science and scientists in the public sphere. I recall one particular conversation where a friend of mine told me that, “Scientists shouldn’t have to deal with society. What we need is… Read more »

Talking past each other

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I might be tempted to restate the title as “Hierarchical confusions in intellectual debate” – but then I’ll be accused (again) of using big words. However, it is my experience that as climate science engages more across communities and disciplines, increasingly the conversations initially miss their targets, and finding convergence requires iteration.   In my dialogues… Read more »

What is a successful climate service?

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Sitting through the late afternoon session of the 5th International Conference on Climate Services currently being co-hosted by CSAG and GERICS in Cape Town, the presenters were tackling the question: “What are effective climate services”. The panel discussion sessions spent some time looking at the question of determining the success of a climate service activity… Read more »

CSAG 2017 Internship Opportunity, Apply Now

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  An opportunity for young graduates to intern in the Climate System Analysis Group, Environmental and Geographical Science Department at the University of Cape Town. We are looking for a self-motivated candidate who will work with key research staff within existing projects and towards proposals and new contract work within the unit. This opportunity is… Read more »

The other side of Uncertainty

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There has been much written, discussed, and argued about uncertainty, and in recent weeks this typically academic topic has taken a completely different spin as uncertainty over the university has arisen.  The opinions voiced are often emphatic, absolute, accusatory, and demanding, leaving individuals little room to maneuver.  At the same time the discourse between individuals… Read more »

To fee or not to fee?

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The recent student protests have reignited a debate around university fees in particular, and education system in South Africa in general. That debate takes place through various channels, and one can hear or read a multitude of opinions on the topic in official ministerial and university communications, but also in social and traditional media, in… Read more »

SASAS 2016, First call

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              32nd Annual Conference of the South African Society for Atmospheric Sciences (SASAS 2016) Theme: “Innovation For Information” Hosts: Climate System Analysis Group (University of Cape Town) Dates: 31st October – 1st November Venue: Lagoon Beach Hotel, Milnerton, Cape Town.   IMPORTANT DATES: REGISTRATION: 1 July 2016 – Early registration 15 August 2016… Read more »