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Climate Scientist and Researcher, University of Cape Town

Peter Johnston is a climate scientist at the University of Cape Town. His research focuses on the applications and impacts of climate variability and change on various user sectors. He specialises in agriculture and water related activities with special emphasis on vulnerability and adaptation options.

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Peter has worked closely with the Western Cape Government in developing a climate change vulnerability study and this was followed by a strategy and action plan. He has also been involved in the African Centre for Cities looking at adaptation frameworks for both Cape Town and Johannesburg. Current and recent research includes the application of models to determine the sustainable long term water use in the larger Berg river catchment area of the SW Cape province of South Africa, and an investigation into adaptation options for agricultural under climate change scenarios for commercial and small scale farmers.


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    Climate Scientist & Researcher, University of Cape Town