Designation: Principal Scientific Officer, Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG), and ACDI Senior Fellow Expertise: climate modeling; climate knowledge systems; urban climate change adaptation
Chris is Principal Scientific Officer in the EGS department at UCT, primarily employed within the Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG). Over the past 15 years Chris has become increasingly directly involved in climate research, completing his doctorate in regional atmospheric moisture dynamics in 2011. Over the same period, Chris has been directly involved in a large portfolio if climate services/consultancy activities including capacity development and stakeholder engagement where he has frequently played the role of climate science lead author and expert. He has also informally and formally supervised students.
Chris has extensive experience and involvement in research and currently plays significant leadership roles in large climate research projects such as FRACTAL Chris’ experience in consulting and capacity building has given him invaluable “on the ground” experience of the challenges of informing decision making in different real-world contexts including dealing directly with data challenges, capacity constraints and struggles with uncertainty. Through his ACDI Senior Fellowship Chris is undertaking research on urban climate change adaptation. The main aim of the research is to support the development of integrated knowledge systems around both urban contexts and climate change in developing nation contexts. The research will inform and guide policy and development in relation to cities and climate change.