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Learning from the FCFA Programme

Julio Araujo (SouthSouthNorth); Blane Harvey (McGill University); Ying-Syuan (Elaine) Huang (McGill University)

This Learning Review is a part of the programmatic learning endeavour to take stock of the lessons emerging from FCFA’s collective experience that might inform future investments into research on climate and development. We focus on three interrelated themes: project…

Policy Brief: Building blocks for co-producing climate services

S. Carter; A. Steynor; K. Vincent; E. Visman; K.L. Waagsaether

This brief provides decision-makers with practical information on how to use a co-production approach to achieve better informed development of climate services with relevance for African decision-makers. It draws on the learning from the Weather and Climate Information Services for Africa…

Using Co-Behavior Analysis to Interrogate the Performance of CMIP5 GCMs over Southern Africa

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

As established in earlier research, analysis of the combined roles (co-behavior) of multiple climate processes provides useful insights into the drivers of regional climate variability, especially for regions with no singular large-scale circulation control. Here, we extend the previous study…

Working Across Knowledge Types To Integrate Climate and Biodiversity Planning in Durban

Lulu Van Rooyen, Smiso Bhengu, Sean O'Donoghe & Alice McClure

Durban is a self-funded FRACTAL city. As a result, the city could tailor the approach to FRACTAL research according to their specific needs and align it to current activities and approaches. The aim for the embedded researcher (ER) was to…

Enhancing Receptivity to Co-Produce Urban Climate Knowledge

Dianne Scott, Anna Taylor & Alice McClure

The development and application of the concept of receptivity among stakeholders offers an alternative framing to that of seeking ‘entry points’ for climate information. Receptivity entails critically reflecting on one’s own knowledge and that offered by others (i.e. recognizing assumptions…

The Importance of Relationships & Network (Through Transdisciplinary Co-Production)

Rudo Mamombe, Jess Kavonic & Alice McClure

Addressing the cross-cutting problems associated with climate variability and change in southern African cities requires significant action, investment and collaboration to connect often ‘siloed’ departments and organisations. Building strong relationships and networks of stakeholders within and across cities is essential…

Embedded Researcher Approach

Anna Taylor

FRACTAL sought to deepen the engagement between scientific and city-regional decision makers. The project adopted an embedded researcher (ER) approach. ERs were recruited to liaise between scientists and decision-makers, dividing their time between universities and city government. Before the project,…

Climate Risk Narratives: ‘Humble’ Science

Chris Jack & Richard Jones

FRACTAL has experimented extensively with the use of Climate Risk Narratives (CRNs). These are stories told from the future of a changed climate and associated impacts. The CRNs were initially developed by climate scientists as plausible stories about the future…

Distillation of Climate Information Through Transdisciplinary Co-Production

Chirs Jack, Richard Jones, Laura Burgin, Joseph Daron & Alice McClure

The provision of climate information to support climate risk management activities typically focuses on the interface between climate science and decision-makers or ‘users’. Meeting user needs requires tailoring available products so they are relevant to the user’s context. Underlying information…

FRACTAL City Learning Lab Approach

Bettina Koele, Elizabeth Daniels, Jess Kavonic & Alice McClure

City learning lab processes were introduced to ensure a sound method of co-production, integrating a range of stakeholders in the process of exploring climate information for decision-making at the city level. Cities face many challenges and operate in complex systems.…