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Working paper: An Embedded Researcher approach to integrate climate information into decision making in southern African cities: lessons from FRACTAL

Lulu Pretorius; Anna Taylor; Kornelia N Iipinge; Brenda Mwalukanga; Hecrálito Mucavele; Rudo Mamombe; Sandra Zenda; Alice McClure

There is often a disconnection or gap between scientific knowledge and the implementation of actions aimed at addressing related problems. This gap is especially evident in fields with complex interactions between a multitude of factors and actors, such as sustainability…

Climate process chains: Examples from southern Africa

Joseph Daron, Laura Burgin, Tamara Janes, Richard G. Jones, and Christopher Jack

The climate system comprises multiple components, primarily the atmosphere, ocean and cryosphere, each incorporating physical processes that interact across scales. To help understand the behaviour of this complex system, and evaluate climate model simulations, researchers typically take a reductionist approach,…

A Methodological Approach to Assess the Co-Behavior of Climate Processes over Southern Africa

Kwesi A. Quagraine, Bruce Hewitson, Christopher Jack, Izidine Pinto, and Christopher Lennard

The study develops an approach to assess co-behavior of climate processes. The regional response of precipitation and temperature patterns over southern Africa to the combined roles (co-behavior) of El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO), Antarctic Oscillation (AAO), and intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ)…

Projected changes in tropical cyclones over the South West Indian Ocean under different extents of global warming

Mavhungu Muthige, Johan Malherbe, Francois A. Engelbrecht, Stefan Grab, Asmerom Beraki, Robert Maisha, and J Van der Merwe

The Paris Agreement achieved in December 2015 established that the signatory countries should pursue to hold the increase in global average temperature to below 2 °C relative to the preindustrial period and to strive to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C…

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…