FRACTAL (Future Resilience for African Cities and Lands) was the first of the regional FCFA research consortia to host their kick-off, on 12-14 August, 2015. The three-day workshop was hosted in Cape Town by the consortium lead partner, the Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG) from the University of Cape Town. The event drew together research partners from across the collaborating FRACTAL institutions as well as representatives from the cities where FRACTAL will be working. Over the next four years, FRACTAL’s work will be focused around three aims:
- To advance scientific knowledge on climate processes driving the southern African climate system’s natural variability and response to global change in historic and climate models;
- To improve the distillation of defensible climate information, that are informed by and tailored to urban decision making and risk management contexts; and
- To test the use of innovative “co-exploration” methodologies as a means to engage urban partners to integrate climate messages within real-world decisions.