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The Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG) in the Department of Environmental & Geographical Science at the University of Cape Town, South Africa is seeking to appoint two Research Officers.

It’s not about the climate. There I’ve said it. Whenever I speak to or read about farmers, it’s very clear – they know plenty about climate and they know plenty about weather…and it can be summed up by “it’s changeable”. Of course, they can’t accurately predict drought or wet years, but they know they will… Read more »

There have been some interesting conversations at CSAG lately about the importance of paying attention to the rhetoric and framing we use in some of our ongoing discussions and investigations, but balanced against the importance of doing this without getting trapped by our metaphors, and/or evaluating what we do/have by how well it maps to… Read more »

The title will become relevant in a few lines or so, but first some context: this year (and next) I will be pursuing a master’s degree by dissertation. As most of you will know the first few weeks of finding one’s research topic and question, and reading relevant literature, can be confusing to say the… Read more »

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 »