The Climate Systems Analysis Group (CSAG) is involved in a variety of research projects. The majority of the research is in the physical sciences, with focus on the generation of robust, relevant, regional climate change information while advancing our understanding of the dynamics and processes that drive the coupled climate system.

Recognising the importance of actively engaging with stakeholders in the co-production of knowledge, CSAG’s research projects also focus on stakeholder engagements and the building of relationships between science and society. In that context research also branches into the application of climate data, through a focus on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability in the context of climate variability and change.


The following are a selection of projects currently underway at CSAG:

A National Assessment of Potential Climate Change Impacts on the Hydrological Yield of Different Hydro-Climatic Zones of South Africa

Transforming African Cities in a Changing Climate

Investigating Predictability of Seasonal Anomalies for Societal Benefit

The Development of an Integrated (Early Warning) System for Adaptation and Mitigation to Hydrological Drought in South Africa

Seamless Forecasting of Rainfall and Temperature for Adaptation of Farming Practices to Climate Variability

2018 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World Report (Part 2: The Impact of Climate on Food Security and Nutrition)

Defining South Africa’s Climate Change Adaptation Research Agenda

Assessing Sustainability and Effectiveness of Climate Information Services (CIS) in Africa

Improving Methods for Communicating Climatic Uncertainties to Aid Decision-Making

African Water Adaptation through Knowledge Empowerment (AWAKE) Project

Adaptation Thought Leadership and Assessments (ATLAS): Advancing Climate-Resilient Development

Feasibility of a Climate Change Spatial Risk and Vulnerability Study for the Western Cape

Development of City-Region Knowledge Base and Practitioner Network In Support Of Climate Risk Narrative Co-Production

“Telling Stories With Data” 

Future Resilience for African Cities and Lands (FRACTAL)

The Co-Ordinated Regional Downscaling Experiment – CORDEX

CORDEX Africa 

ASSAR: Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions

Wind Atlas for South Africa (WASA) Phase 2

Seasonal Hydrological Forecasting in South Africa

Representing variability in local response types to synoptic states within a stochastic weather generator

LUC4C: Land use change: assessing the net climate forcing, and options for climate change mitigation and adaptation

UAV Sonde