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.

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 »

The role of indigenous knowledge and local knowledge in water sector adaptation to climate change in Africa: a structured assessment Evidence is increasing of human responses to the impacts of climate change in Africa. However, understanding of the effectiveness of these responses for adaptation to climate change across the diversity of African contexts is still… Read more »

Power dynamics in transdisciplinary research for sustainable urban transitions Transdisciplinary Research (TDR) fosters collaboration amongst stakeholders from different academic disciplines and sectors of society, to jointly search for solutions to complex challenges including rapid urbanization. In order to enhance collaboration and ensure reciprocity of expertize amongst stakeholders, flattening the hierarchy of power is critical for… Read more »

In this episode, we explore the concept of impact models, which are models that use climate information as input then make specific projections, or produce narratives about impacts within an end-user sector. This user then incorporates this specific information into appropriate decision-making. Within climate services, this process is an expanding field. Peter Johnston talks to… Read more »

Attribution of severe low rainfall in southern Madagascar, 2019-21 Main findings • Southern Madagascar has been facing a severe food security crisis, made significantly worse by well below average rainfall from July 2019 to June 2021. This exceptional drought has affected a region with high pre-existing levels of vulnerability to food insecurity, and the impacts… Read more »

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 »

Embedded researchers as transdisciplinary boundary spanners strengthening urban climate resilience Knowledge of climate patterns and associated risks is relevant to making planning and resource management decisions at the urban scale. However, available scientific climate information is often poorly suited to decision-making needs. New ways of producing knowledge, both about the climate and urban decision-making, are… Read more »