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 societal relevant research to support responses to climate variability and change.

CSAG hosted Prof Willem Landman (University of Pretoria) during our weekly seminar on Friday the 9th of July. Willem is one of the most experienced experts in seasonal forecasting in South Africa and internationally. The seminar provided a fascinating insight into the history, current state, and future directions for seasonal forecasting in South Africa, but… Read more »

Facilitating Urban Sustainability through Transdisciplinary (TD) Research: Lessons from Ghana, South Africa, and Zimbabwe The notion of sustainability has been integrated into many aspects of development to emphasise human needs now and in the future. Sustainable urbanization objectives are pertinent in the context of rapidly expanding African cities, in which urban inhabitants experience challenges associated… Read more »

In this episode we talk about why climate change is such a complex problem and what CSAG and others are doing to make sense of the complexity to help make climate information clearer, more accessible, and usable or actionable by those confronting climate risks. Dr Anna Taylor from UCT’s African Climate and Development Initiative speaks… Read more »

Understanding and supporting climate-sensitive decision processes in southern African cities Climate variability and change must be factored into planning, investment and management decisions in Southern African cities. Understanding the decision context and how climate information is brought to bear on city development and urban management is key to (co)producing relevant climate information. Co-production processes, supported… Read more »

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 »

Climate Frontiers is a podcast series exploring the latest thinking, approaches and debates in climate science, hosted by CSAG. The podcast presents an accessible perspective on topics often hidden behind academic language. Through conversations with researchers at CSAG, and occasionally with partners across Africa and internationally, we discuss a range of topics from within physical… Read more »

Written by: Erin Hill In times of crisis, strategic communications are an effective tool that governments can use to influence public behaviour. Between March 2017 and March 2018, the City of Cape Town (CoCT) catalysed public behaviour change via a communications campaign. During this time Cape Town and the Western Cape were in the grips… Read more »

The 2019 State of the Climate Report was released in the second week of August 2020 and it provides a detailed update of a set of parameters that describe the changing climate. The report offers insight on global climate indicators, including: greenhouse gases, temperatures (ocean and land), rainfall, cloud cover, sea level, ocean salinity, sea… Read more »

Computing capacity is an integral part of climate research. Running large complex climate models and processing large amounts of data require lots of computing capacity. This computer capacity is almost always made available as clusters of lots of specialised high-performance compute servers. Each server has a number of processing units (CPUs) and each CPU usually… Read more »