Building Resilience in African Cities: A Think Piece

Spires, M., Kavonic, J., Cullis, J. & Coll Besa, M.

Resilience has become a powerful term, used in multiple contexts, at multiple scales. A mutually understood definition, that all who use it adhere to, is lacking, particularly in relation to the future development of cities, and in the developing world.…

Projected impacts of climate extremes over selected African coastal cities under 1.5̊C and 2.0̊C Global Warming

Indasi V S, Nikulin G, Lennard C, Hewitson B, Jack C and Waagsaether K.

Research paper contribution to the Cities IPCC Cities and Climate Change Science Conference, 5-7th March 2018, Edmonton, Canada.

Climate information websites: an evolving landscape

Hewitson B., Waagsaether K., Wohland J., Kloppers K. and Kara T.

The climate change agenda is populated by actors and agencies with different objectives, values, and motivations, yet many seek decision scale climate information to inform policy and adaptation responses. A central element of this network of activity is the climate…

Research Methods for Understanding and Supporting Decision Processes in African Cities

Taylor, R., Butterfield, R.E.,Bharwani, S., Taylor, A., and Devisscher., T.

This series is funded by the UK’s Department For International Development (DFID) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) through the Future Resilience for African Cities and Lands (FRACTAL) project, within the Future Climate For Africa (FCFA) multi-consortia programme. The…

Towards developing a common language for climate change in the city of Cape Town

Lee, J and Steynor, A.

In collaboration with the City of Cape Town, using the development of the City’s Climate Change Policy document and the Green Economy, Energy and Climate Change forum as a basis, this Working Paper describes the process of engaging in a…

Transdisciplinarity, co-production and co-exploration: integrating knowledge across science, policy and practice in FRACTAL

The aim of this briefing paper is to summarise the three concepts and approaches of transdisciplinarity, knowledge co-production, and co-exploration and how they are being operationalised in FRACTAL. This is a summary of the associated FRACTAL working paper, which should…

Interannual rainfall variability and SOM-based circulation classification

Piotr Wolski, Christopher Jack, Mark Tadross, Lisa van Aardenne and Christopher Lennard

Self-Organizing Maps (SOM) based classifications of synoptic circulation patterns are increasingly being used to interpret large-scale drivers of local climate variability and as part of statistical downscaling methodologies. These applications rely on a basic premise of synoptic climatology, i.e. that…

Climate resilient decision-making: A city-centric approach to water security

Ilunga, R, Cullis, J, Dadson, S, Hirpa, F and Bharwani, S.

Research paper contribution to 18th WaterNet/WARFSA/GWP-SA Symposium, 25-27th October 2017, Swakopmund, Namibia.

Framework for needs-informed research: assessing climate processes

Joseph Daron, Tamara Janes, Chris Jack, and Richard Jones

This document presents a framework for needs-informed research targeted at addressing objective 1. We outline parallel top-down and bottom-up characterisations of climate processes, where each provides an alternative starting point to pursue needs informed research. A top-down approach begins by…

Climate models: what they show us and how they can be used in planning

Climate modelling is a key tool in tackling the effects of climate change. A new guide from the Future Climate for Africa programme – Climate models: What they show us and how they can be used in planning – explains how…