Winter School: Using climate information for adaptation and policy development

Submitted by Anna Taylor | published 11th Jul 2012 | last updated 27th Jan 2022

Climate Adaptation Training Annotation

  • Level: Advanced 
  • Time commitment: 2 weeks 
  • Learning product: Course 
  • Sector: Multi-sector 
  • Language: English 
  • Certificate available: Yes
Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG) Winter School 2009


The Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG) Winter School is a 2-week intensive course aimed at professionals from Government Departments & Ministries, City Councils and Local Municipalities, NGO’s, corporate organizations, environmental consultancies and individuals involved in decision making and policy development in light of climate change. The course takes place in July each year at the University of Cape Town.

The course covers the following topics:

  1. Understanding basic climate science and climate dynamics
  2. Analysing climate data for change and variability – trends and extreme events
  3. Using climate change scenarios – uncertainty, probability, climate envelopes
  4. Assessing vulnerability and impacts
  5. Communicating climate risks
  6. Prioritising adaptation options

Topics are adapted year on year to accommodate participants’ learning goals and objectives, as well as the inclusion of guest lecturers.

Places on this course are limited to a maximum of 23 participants and early application is strongly encouraged. Online applications usually open in March. For more information visit: