The Climate System Analysis Group at the University of Cape Town is a unique research group within Africa. We have an eclectic mix of specialties, but most importantly we put the needs of developing nation users at the forefront of everything we do. As a result, CSAG seeks to apply our core research to meet the knowledge needs of responding to climate variability and change.

A few of the CSAG staff recently returned from our annual field trip to the Eastern Cape where we joined up with the students and staff of the Parks and People Programme from Pennsylvania State University, an international undergraduate study abroad programme. The programme integrates teaching, research and service across multiple disciplines related to the… Read more »

CSAG is excited to be a partner in a new programme of research, which aims to reduce disaster risk in urban sub-Saharan Africa. The project and has been awarded £3.3 million of funding from the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Department for International Development (DFID). The project is being led by King’s… Read more »

Dr Gina Ziervogel says we could and should be doing more to protect vulnerable communities from the effects of climate change, such as those living in Khayelitsha, a Cape Town township that floods every year during the rainy season.   The floodgates open South Africa could be doing more to mitigate the impact of climate… Read more »

This question comes up and again for quite a number of us. I am a mechanical science technician, a computer science engineer (with a tendency for robotics), turned into an industrial engineering PhD, working with agricultural systems and now climate, in Africa. You can only imagine how many times I wondered: “How did I get… Read more »

Honourable CSAGers, Good evening, sanibonani, molweni, dumelang, riperile, ndimadekwana, goeienaand. The year 2014 marked the publication of the Fifth Assessment report (AR5) by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In keeping with the previous format, the report has been grouped into three working groups: Working Group I: the Physical Science Basis; Working Group II:… Read more »

  Back in the days I was known among my group of friends as the environmentalist, the green police. Without me even saying anything friends would apologise that they had not yet had their recycling set up properly, or that they chose to drive to the gym when they could have walked. In those days… Read more »

  The prestigious CSAG Joe Blogs Award for 2014 was announced this morning to celebrate another successful year of intriguing, captivating and compelling blog posts. Having been established in 2013 by our colleague Joseph Daron its was an exciting morning for all at CSAG to hear who would hold the title for the second year… Read more »

Cape Town’s coastline is vulnerable to a number of pressures including sea level rise, coastal erosion and increasing urban development. In making decisions to protect the coastline and coastal infrastructure from these stressors, the views of multiple diverse stakeholders need to be consulted. However, incorporating and balancing different stakeholder perspectives is not straightforward. Joseph Daron… Read more »

Life has not been very fair to mermaids. And why would it be? Too many changes have occurred in such a short lapse of time. Since the melting of Greenland in the 36th century, the planet has reversed back to the most dreadful global cooling event. And our 2 new baby oceans Agassean and Green are… Read more »