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.

“…Of all the forces of nature, I should think the wind contains the largest amount of motive power—that is, power to move things. Take any given space of the earth’s surface— for instance, Illinois; and all the power exerted by all the men, and beasts, and running-water, and steam, over and upon it, shall not… Read more »

I was fortunate enough to attend the Scoping dialogue for Resilience thinking and practice for development in Stellenbosch on 4 and 5 August 2016, which had four main objectives, namely: i) foster deeper understanding of resilience and resilience thinking; ii) explore and share how resilience ideas are being used in practice; iii) scope the possibilities… Read more »

The AFRICAN CENTRE FOR CITIES (ACC) invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for a POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP     For details of the advert please link here Closing date for applications:  19 September 2016 Expected interview date (if required): Week commencing 26 September 2016 Expected commencement of duties:   1 November 2016 (or sooner if available) Selection Process:… Read more »

Written by Alice McClure, 11 July 2016 Wits University, South Africa The 2nd Southern African Adaptation Colloquium was held on 7 & 8 July 2016 at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. On trend with recent adaptation thinking and writing, the colloquium provided an opportunity for different communities to come together and share experiences… Read more »

Anna Steynor, Katharine Vincent (Kulima Integrated Development Solutions), Katinka Waagsaether and Tracy Cull (Kulima Integrated Development Solutions) The establishment of a “community of practice” (COP) is an idealised vision that is often expressed as a desirable outcome of research projects.  The successful establishment of a COP is seen to embody the notion of extending the… Read more »

A couple of weeks ago, a spoke in my bicycle snapped. I took the broken one out, got to the bike shop and handed it to the shop assistant. “What wheel is that?” he asked. “26 inch road bike’s” I answered confidently. He wasn’t satisfied: “Well, what type of wheel?” “Uh… round one?” He was… Read more »

            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 (Discounted… Read more »

This is not climate science, in fact it is not even rocket science, it is merely the ramblings of a middle aged woman, who finds herself in a group of scientists who travel a lot.  So if you are smart or very busy or both you will go and find something else to do now…. Read more »

Written by Anna Taylor, 27 May 2016 I have just had the fortunate opportunity to participate in a 2 week summer school run by the STEPS Centre at the University of Sussex in the UK. STEPS stands for Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability. It is this pathways approach that is at the heart… Read more »