Dr Christopher Lennard
University of Cape Town
Chris is a climate scientist at the Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG) whose interests include the co-development of regional climate information, regional climate modelling, renewable energy, extreme climate events, capacitating African climate scientists for climate science, and mountain biking and trail running. He is involved in a number of projects including as Co-PI on the Wind Atlas for South Africa (WASA) project, Co-PI on Health:RADAR to co-develop an open-source web-based platform for climate sensitive infectious disease modelling, and FOCUS-Africa to develop tailored climate services over Southern Africa. He has authored or co-authored over 60 papers and 5 book chapters including as a Lead Author in the IPCC Special Report on Land and Climate, and the Africa chapters of the IPCC AR5 and AR6. He serves as co-chair of the WCRP Academy, whose role is to develop capacity for climate research, particularly in developing countries and facilitates the CORDEX-Africa initiative that capacitates African climate scientists and builds our understanding of how climate change may impact Africa. He serves on the WCRP Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project steering committee and the Vulnerability, Impacts, Adaptation and Climate Services (VIACS) Advisory Board. He is dad to two young boys, aged 7 and 9, who inspire his research.