CSAG Short Course on Navigating Climate Risk.

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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 »

June 2022- Publication highlight

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Defining metrics for monitoring and evaluating the impact of co-production in climate services. Despite increased commitment to co-production as a route to developing decision-relevant climate services, there has been less focus on the metrics or criteria for determining their success and impact. Drawing from literature and recent experiences from both operational- and research-focused climate resilience-building… Read more »

May 2022- Publication highlight

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Using a Climate Change Risk Perceptions Framing to Identify Gaps in Climate Services Given the rise in climate services for decision-making, it is important to understand whether these services are meeting the context-specific needs of decision-makers, including identifying any gaps in current climate services. This study sets out to investigate the efficacy of current climate… Read more »

CSAG Climate Frontiers Podcast-Episode 5: Rattling the value chain

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In this Episode we explore the concept of the climate services value chain – the idea that climate information is produced by scientists and then fed down a chain of intermediaries who tailor or transform it, until it reaches its intended “end” user.” This user then incorporates that information into decision making. Within the climate… Read more »

CSAG Climate Frontiers Podcast-Episode 4: Making Sense of Seasonal Forecasts and Decision Making

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In this episode, we have a frank conversation about why people use, or don’t use climate information. Seasonal forecasts are presented as a particularly interesting example, because, despite the potential value of seasonal forecasts for informing decision-making in the farming sector for example, they aren’t used much. In fact there seems to be quite a bit… Read more »

CSAG Climate Frontiers Podcast-Episode 3: CORDEX-Africa

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A decade of sustained African climate science mentorship In this Episode we talk about the Coordinated Regional Downscaling Experiment (CORDEX) and in particular Cordex-Africa and the role it has played in developing the capacity of African scientists to conduct climate-related research in Africa. Dr Chris Lennard takes us through the reasons behind the development of… Read more »

We tried to write a climate change manifesto… (and failed)

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Climate strikes, demanding change… September the 20th saw a wave of global “climate strikes” across the world, including one here in Cape Town, South Africa.  The general narrative behind these protests is that governments have failed “us” and the demand is for immediate, radical, action.  For a long time I’ve wondered about this narrative.  The… Read more »