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.

Why is it that, in our experience, African countries are thirsty for knowledge on how the climate may be changing in their context?  Why is it that we very seldom encounter an air of scepticism when working in African countries?  Why is it that when we reach out to engage with African countries about climate… Read more »

I realise it’s been a couple months already (eek) and that I don’t normally write a Blog post about CSAGs Winter School, but this year I see it fitting to do so. 2017 was a tremendously successful year with by far the most geographically diverse group of participants we have ever had the privilege of… Read more »

  Working in the area of Adaptation, Impacts and Vulnerability (AIV), I tend to feel like we are locked into a paradigm from which we are unable to escape – at least not at speed. We are chipping away at small pieces of the system, changing a bolt here, greasing up the chain there, however… Read more »

The Drought… Everyone in the Cape must be acutely aware of the drought by now. Yes… we’re in the middle of it… Perhaps the idea has not fully crystallized in the minds of a couple of thirsty dwellers of Claremont and Constantia, who still guzzle 2-3 thousand of liters of water per person per day… Read more »

On the 27th July 2017 CSAG celebrated our 25 Year anniversary and officially launched as a University of Cape Town Research Centre. Over a relaxed breakfast event we were joined by a large number of our CSAG colleagues, affiliates and friends.  Special attendees and guest speakers included Professor Anton le Roex (Dean of UCT Science Faculty), Dr…. Read more »

By Chris Lennard An ancient proverb says that there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. I am very fortunate to have a friend of some 20 years like this. I am known as his “Ugly twin brother Chris” and likewise he is my “Ugly twin brother Bruce”. He is married to “my… Read more »

There is no need to remind that Cape Town’s water supply situation is dire. We have level 4 water restrictions in place, water storage levels are extremely low and alternative short-term and long-term water sources are actively being sought by the city’s government – solutions such as funding a set of temporary desalination plants, and… Read more »