SoGE climate research in the Kalahari Desert: the KAPEX field campaign

The Kalahari is warming at over twice the global rate, with climate projections indicating a gradual drying of the Kalahari, leading to more intense droughts. These trends present a profound threat to communities who have lived there for millennia and to the unique desert ecosystems. Over Christmas and New Year, a team of researchers from SoGE and University of Cape Town travelled to the Kalahari to retrieve some of the first detailed atmospheric observations from inside the Kalahari Desert in a bid to understand these troublesome climate trends.

Living on a changing planet

Living on a Changing Planet is a new podcast series exploring people's emotional responses to climate change. Produced by Carter Powis (SoGE doctoral researcher and climate scientist), and Patrick Kennedy-Williams (a clinical psychologist), together they tackle the topic that's been missing from the climate conversation: whether you're an energy worker who's facing the loss of your job and ability to provide for your family, a youth activist afraid of what the future holds, or a nature-lover grieving the rapid ongoing destruction of our biosphere - how do you learn to live with it?

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Researchers and students from across the University of Oxford's School of Geography and the Environment (SoGE) will present their research as part of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting 2023. The international conference which will be held between 23 - 27 March, attracts geographers, GIS specialists, environmental scientists, and other disciplinary experts who share and discuss the latest in research and applications in geography, sustainability, and GIScience.