CSAG is a leading international climate research centre based in Africa with broad research skills and competency in both physical and social dimensions of climate, a strong experience in engaging with society, and an excellent track record in capacity development. We prioritize societally relevant research to support responses to climate variability and change.

Through our CSAG monthly newsletter you can make sure you up to date with the latest information on physical climate science, societal engagement and capacity development. We share content we feel you would like to know including research papers, blogs, interesting reads, an inspirational quote of the month and more… We hope you enjoy our… Read more »

Attribution of the human influence on heavy rainfall associated with flooding events during 2012, 2016, and 2018 March-April-May seasons in Kenya. Kenya received severe rainfall during the March-April-May (MAM) rainfall season in 2012, 2016, and 2018, resulting in human and cattle deaths, the devastation of infrastructure and property, bursting of riverbanks, submerging of farmlands, and… Read more »

Lessons from integrated seasonal forecast-crop modelling in Africa: A systematic review Seasonal forecasts combined with crop models have the potential to improve decision-making in African smallholder farming. The study aimed to guide future research by identifying and analyzing crop and climate models, as well as approaches for merging seasonal forecast data with crop models. Google… Read more »

Perception of Cassava-Based Farmers to Climate Variability in the Rain Forest and Derived Savannah Biomes of Nigeria. The pattern of agricultural production is influenced by climate variability, particularly in those regions of Africa where agriculture is primarily rain-fed. There is a discrepancy in how farmers perceive and respond to climate unpredictability, which affects their choice… Read more »

The concept of climate justice has been gaining traction for some time. Broadly speaking, climate justice is about taking a human- and equity-centred approach to thinking about climate risks, responsibilities and potential responses. Like many other big concepts, climate justice is often proposed as important for climate action without careful and critical thought about what… Read more »

Climate change in South Africa: Risks and opportunities for climate-resilient development in the IPCC Sixth Assessment WGII Report South Africa is wrestling with increasing climate change impacts and how to respond. The 2022 IPCC Working Group II Report synthesises the latest evidence on climate change impacts, vulnerability, and adaptation, and what this means for climate-resilient… Read more »

Understanding the variability of heatwave characteristics in southern Africa Southern Africa is one of the regions affected by weather-related extremes (e.g., droughts, floods, and heat waves). Heatwaves were detected using three different methods, including the 90th percentile of minimum daily temperature (CTN90pct) and the Excess Heat Factor (EHF), a relatively new method. To determine the… Read more »

The Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG) Short Course on Navigating Climate Risk, previously known as Winter School, started in 2009 in partnership with the Stockholm Environmental Institute (SEI), with financial support from United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). The aim of the school was to provide an overview of the latest, relevant climate… Read more »

Supporting transformative climate adaptation: community-level capacity building and knowledge co-creation in South Africa. Calls for transformative adaptation to climate change require attention to the type of capacity building that can support it. Community-level capacity building can help to ensure ownership and legitimacy of longer-term interventions. Given that marginalized communities are highly vulnerable to climate risk,… Read more »

The Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG), based at the University of Cape Town, will be running its annual course on Navigating Climate Risk (formerly Winter School) This in-person, one-week (5 to 9 September 2022) intensive course has been developed specifically for participants from developing countries and aims to take participants through the full spectrum of climate… Read more »