ACCESS Seasonality in the Cape

Climate change, particularly seasonal changes, are likely to have much larger impacts in the Greater Cape Floristic Region compared to the rest of the world. However, there is still much uncertainty as to how the climate has changed, what impacts changing climate seasonality will have on biodiversity and ecosystem services, and what we can do to mitigate these impacts.

Our project seeks to address this uncertainty by examining:

For more information on these projects, please contact the relevant project leads:

  • Rainfall trends & their link to streamflow (Birgit Erni)
  • Altered rainfall seasonality impacts on vegetation (Adam West)
  • Rainfall seasonality and C4 grass expansion into the Cape (Vernon Visser)
  • Upscaling from plot to landscape to the entire CFR (Jasper Slingsby & Adam West)
  • Effects of seasonality changes on higher trophic levels (Birds - Res Altwegg; Invertebrates - Stefan Foord)
  • Importance of seasonality in an urban context (Pippin Anderson)
  • Mitigating against the effects of altered seasonality – assisted translocation (Guy Midgley)