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Using climate information to support adaptationplanning and policy-making: A step-by-step guideA vegetable farmer in Phili...
Make sure you have completed these preliminary stepsbefore you start Conducted a basic vulnerability assessment (Link to ...
Why?• You may not have thought about your problem as aquestion yet, but this can be a useful exercise notleast because you...
Step 2: locate the right climate station3. Navigate to where you are working and lookat what stations are around where you...
Step 3: Investigate historical records3. Now you can look at the whole time series ofthe historical data recorded at this ...
Step 4: Investigate future projections3. Looking at the projections consider; a) isthere a clear direction of change at cr...
Step 5: Check for consistency withproximal stations3. Check the historical data for consistency1. Close the content box to...
Step 6: Analysis• Look back over the informationyou have gathered during Steps 2-5• What can you say about theclimate in t...
Step 7: Compare with other adaptation studies• Go back into weADAPTand search theAdaptation Layer forprojects elsewheretac...
Step 8: Share your work• Document and share whatyou’ve done by adding it to theweADAPT platform• The easiest way to do thi...
Useful links• To see a how we work through these steps in a case study focussing onland use management and zoning in a sub...
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Climate analysis application in Cape Town

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weADAPT has been working with the Climate Information Portal (CIP)run by CSAG at the Climate Systems Analysis Group in Cape Town to integrate each others platform into their own. Whereas weADAPT has a wealth of case studies on climate change adaptation, CIP has developed a robust methodology to downscale climate information to hundreds of climate stations in Africa and Asia. Having access to climate science information alongside your adaptation case study can be hugely valuable for end users, and we see a lot of potential in comparing the two. In terms of support, we have developed an 8-step guidance page to show users the best way to use the integrated data, and also a case study which has used the applied the guidance steps in a flooding scenario in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Climate analysis application in Cape Town

  1. 1. Using climate information to support adaptationplanning and policy-making: A step-by-step guideA vegetable farmer in Philippi, a suburb of Cape Town, South Africa. Source: FLICKR/KOSMOSELEEVIKE
  2. 2. Make sure you have completed these preliminary stepsbefore you start Conducted a basic vulnerability assessment (Link to guidance=http://weadapt.org/knowledge-base/vulnerability/guidance-for-assessing-vulnerability) Identified the key climate sensitivities and in particular taking into account thefollowing? livelihoods/ and economic activities? Infrastructure and services relied upon for that site?
  3. 3. Why?• You may not have thought about your problem as aquestion yet, but this can be a useful exercise notleast because you can always check back to thisquestion to see if you are answering it.How?• Set out some parameters of your problem by askingyourself, ‘what do I want to get out of this process’.Having realistic expectations of the answer isimportant at this stage.Step 1: Define the question© Micky Aldridge
  4. 4. Step 2: locate the right climate station3. Navigate to where you are working and lookat what stations are around where your casestudy area is located.1. Go to the Adaptation Layer.2. Turn on the climate stations by pressing "viewclimate stations“.4. Click on the closest station.
  5. 5. Step 3: Investigate historical records3. Now you can look at the whole time series ofthe historical data recorded at this station,looking across all the years.1. Click through into CIP from the weADAPT placemark tolook at more information that lies “behind” this overview.2. Click on historical monthly data record.4. Which climate variables are available inCIP? (Look at the drop-down menu.)How do these match up with the ones youwanted to look at, identified in Step 1?What extremes and patterns do you notice?
  6. 6. Step 4: Investigate future projections3. Looking at the projections consider; a) isthere a clear direction of change at criticaltimes of year that most of the models agreeon? b) How much is that change? How wide isthe uncertainty range?1. Click through to the future climatescenarios (also referred to as downscaledprojections) for that station.2. Look at the variables you are interested in andcompare the spread of projections across thetwo different emissions scenarios.4. The default time period of projections displayed is2040-2060, but you can change these on the sliderbar as relevant to your needs.
  7. 7. Step 5: Check for consistency withproximal stations3. Check the historical data for consistency1. Close the content box to reveal the mapbehind it.2. Look at what other stations are also nearby theproject site (check across the different datasets).4. Check the future projections. Note, should there beinconsistencies, there may well be mitigatingcircumstances, for example Cape Point station islocated on a peninsula where temperature is heavilyaffected by its maritime influences.
  8. 8. Step 6: Analysis• Look back over the informationyou have gathered during Steps 2-5• What can you say about theclimate in this place? How might itchange under various futurescenarios, and what this mightmean for those who live and workthere?• What could be done differently toadapt to current climateconditions and prepare for howthese patterns might shift in thefuture?
  9. 9. Step 7: Compare with other adaptation studies• Go back into weADAPTand search theAdaptation Layer forprojects elsewheretackling similar climaterisks to see:– What adaptation optionsare they testing orpromoting that might beworth considering asoptions in your study orproject?– Who has experiences ofimplementingadaptation measuresthat you might be ableto learn from?
  10. 10. Step 8: Share your work• Document and share whatyou’ve done by adding it to theweADAPT platform• The easiest way to do this isthrough the QuickShare form• For guidance on how to sharecontent via weADAPT go to:http://weadapt.org/knowledge-base/guidance/share
  11. 11. Useful links• To see a how we work through these steps in a case study focussing onland use management and zoning in a suburb of the city of Cape Town,South Africa, go to: http://weadapt.org/knowledge-base/using-climate-information/using-climate-information-case-study• To view the full climate guidance, go to: http://weadapt.org/knowledge-base/using-climate-information/guide-to-using-climate-information

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