Assessing adaptation capacity of crop management strategies for small holder farmers in Zimbabwe

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  The Climate System Analysis Group (University of Cape Town) has been in a collaboration with the University of Zimbabwe for the project ‘’ Assessing adaptation capacity of crop management strategies for small holder farmers in Zimbabwe’’. Lead investigators of the project include Teddious Mhizha (University of Zimbabwe) and Olivier Crespo (CSAG), with co-investigators, Nkulumo… Read more »

Strengthening Evidence-Based Climate Change Adaptation Policies (SECCAP) Project

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The overall objective of the project is to enhance the capacity of policy analysts and scientists in the fields of agriculture, climate and socio-economics to collectively build a strong base of evidence on cropping systems to inform adaptation policies and investment decisions.    The Climate System Analysis Group has been engaged in the Strengthening Evidence-Based… Read more »

Visualising climate information

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Determining what visualisations are most appropriate for the effective communication of climate information to practitioners and decision makers is fundamental to the successful provision of climate services to support climate change adaptation. Given inherent uncertainties in projecting future climate, and issues in the reliability of climate models, it is particularly important to ensure the caveats… Read more »

South African electricity utility (ESKOM) – Climate change, generation and transmission

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CSAG has been contracted under a continuation of a previous project to provide climate change projections information to inform ESKOM’s long term planning strategy with regards to electricity transmission.  A particular focus was the identification of suitable locations for generation stations with particular water and cooling requirements.  A continuation of the project is focussed on… Read more »

Modelling Scenarios Study to Support Eskom’s Climate change Vulnerability and Adaptation case studies

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CSAG has been contracted under a continuation of a previous project to provide climate change projections information for one station in the Mpumalanga region.  Additionally CSAG will provide a training workshop in order to draw out Eskom’s vulnerability to current and future climate.  The objective of the project is for Eskom to identify and assess… Read more »

South African electricity utility (ESKOM) – Climate change and generation

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CSAG has been contracted to provide climate change projections information to inform ESKOM’s long term planning strategy with regards to electricity generation.  A particular focus lies in the identification of suitable locations for generation stations with specific thresholds of water and cooling requirements.  Both downscaled projections and GCM based circulation fields are to be combined… Read more »

Climate reports for the DFID Strategic Programme Review

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CSAG have been contracted by Harwelle International to undertake a short review of climate information available for 10 DFID (Department for International Development) country offices within Africa.  This includes responding to the individual needs of each country office, commenting on the reliability and availability of information for each country and providing additional projections.  As a part… Read more »

Limits to predictability

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CSAG is in the planning phases of a new Water Research Commission (WRC) funded project to explore the limits to predictability of the climate system with a particular focus on seasonal forecasting in southern Africa.  The project is “blue sky” in its approach and will develop a number of new analytical techniques and methodologies. The intent of the project… Read more »

Wrapping up the C3D+ Project

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CSAG has been involved in the UNITAR C3D+ project for 4 years and recently attended the final project partners meeting in Geneva.  The meeting highlighted the strengths of interdisciplinary and international research networks such as C3D+ and even though this was a final project meeting, a number of new projects and collaborations were born. CSAG highlighted the… Read more »