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 projects currently underway at CSAG:

The Co-Ordinated Regional Downscaling Experiment – CORDEX

The CORDEX Africa Analysis Campaign

ASSAR: Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions

Wind Atlas for South Africa (WASA) Phase 2

Southern Africa Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (SAAMIIP-2)

Crop-livestock intensification in the face of climate change (CLIP-2)

IDRC Communities of Practice

Urban ARK

Water Harvesting Toolkit

Fynbos Fire

Integrated use of seasonal forecast for community preparedness to climate variability

Exploration of attribution for extreme agricultural events in Limpopo

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

Adaptive interventions in agriculture to reduce vulnerability of different farming systems to climate change in South Africa

Comparing meteorological and perceived heatwave events

Projected changes in extreme rainfall over South Africa

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

UAV Sonde