The South African risk and vulnerability atlas

Submitted by: Amanda Botes, Thursday, December 8, 2011

COP17 has again highlighted the many challenges that countries and cities face because of climate change. South African decision-makers have the difficult task of planning for a more climate resilient South Africa that also takes into account existing vulnerabilities.

The South African Risk and Vulnerability Atlas is an attempt by the Department of Science and Technology and the CSIR to provide up to date information to decision-makers to assist them in identifying risk and opportunities that come with a change in climate.

The atlas describes the possible impacts of climate change on sectors such as water, agriculture, human health, and biodiversity and highlights the areas which will be most vulnerable.

The atlas is available online and the datasets are updated regularly providing easy to access scientific data to government, business and the community at large.

Amanda Botes