Tools & Atlases

TypeTitleHost OrganisationDescriptionApplicability for climate change adaptation at local scaleTraining available
AdaptationGreenBookCSIRThe Green Book is an online tool offering scientific evidence on climate change and urbanization impacts on South Africa's urban areas. It suggests adaptation actions for local governments to foster climate-resilient development.Local risk profiles and tailored adaptation optionsThe team hosts a number of training courses across the country:
AdaptationNational Climate Change Response DatabaseDFFEThe National Climate Change Response Database (NCCRD) is intended as a resource to collect and track interventions on climate change (adaptation and mitigation) on past, current and future climate change response efforts (policies, plans, strategies, projects and research) across South Africa.Track local adaptation and mitigation projectsDFFE led training events
Adaptation, Spatial PlanningLet's Respond ToolkitDFFEThe Lets Respond Toolkit provides stakeholders with an introduction and overview on how to integrate climate change into municipal planning processes. Offers a detailed guide for a Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment, including steps for engaging stakeholders in planning. Includes response plan templates for creating municipal climate change response plans, along with District Level Priority Indicators.Training manual is available:
AgricultureSmallholder Decision Support SystemWater Research CommissionThis tool was designed as process to assist farmers to decide which climate resilient agriculture practices would be more suitable for them.This process utilizes your location, agro ecological zone, and details like rainfall, temperature, slope, soil type, and farming practices. It then recommends optimal options for gardening, field cropping, livestock, and natural resource management.
Air QualitySAAQISDFFESAAQIS is a unified platform in South Africa for managing air quality information, ensuring consistency in capturing, storing, validating, analyzing, and reporting data to stakeholders, including the public.SAAQIS gathers air quality data from monitoring stations across South Africa, covering pollutants like PM10, PM2.5, NO2, SO2, O3, CO, and more.
BiodiversityELSAA Webtool South AfricaUNThe Essential Life Support Areas (ELSA) tool on UN Biodiversity Lab (UNBL) enables any UNBL workspace user to rapidly identify essential life support areas for their country based on global priorities and data. It is currently available as a proof of concept for Colombia, Costa Rica, and South Africa.This tool assists with mapping biodiversity hotspots, facilitating conservation planning, and supporting informed decision-making on land use. It helps communities monitor and assess changes in biodiversity, manage resources sustainably, and serves as an educational resource for raising awareness and advocacy.
BiodiversityUN Biodiversity LabUNThe UN Biodiversity Lab (UNBL) supports countries in using spatial data for conservation and sustainable development. Our mission: democratize access, assist decision-makers, and empower stakeholders for nationally-led monitoring.Open access to biodiversity data
BiodiversityProtected Areas RegisterDFFEThis register, developed in 2012 for reporting and mapping purposes, contains a comprehensive list of protected areas, specifying their types and additional information as determined by the Minister.The database comprises of all data required for the Register of Protected Areas as well as data on Conservation Areas.
BiodiversityBiodiversity GISSANBIBGIS is a central hub for biodiversity planning and related information, managing spatial data like the National Biodiversity Assessment (NBA) terrestrial threatened ecosystem data. The user-friendly mapping platform enables visualization of key biodiversity features, allowing users to add, toggle layers, annotate, and print maps.Freely downloadable biodiversity-related spatial datasets.SANBI offers ad hoc training workshops
Coastal ZoneDEA Coastal ViewerDFFEThe Coastal Viewer provides public access to spatial data on the Coastal Zone, sourced from custodians. It supports informed decision-making for sustainable use of coastal resources, aligning with South Africa's National Coastal Management Programme.Open access to data and information for coastal areas such as pollution (e.g. oil spills)
DataSouth African Risk and Vulnerability AtlasSAEONThe South African Risk and Vulnerability Atlas offers live web mapping, static maps, reports, and analysis tools to enhance understanding of global change impacts. It provides easy access to data from different research institutes for local-level planning.Facilitates the discovery of risk and vulnerability data across various sectors at the local scaleGIS and python training available
DataClimate Change Knowledge PortalWorld BankExplore historical and projected climate data, climate data by sector, impacts, key vulnerabilities and what adaptation measures are being taken. Provides an overview of the evidence for climate change in South Africa and future projections in an understandable manner
DataClimate Information Portal (CIP)CSAG - UCTThe Climate Information Portal (CIP) merges a climate database with guidance documentation in a user-friendly interface. It combines observational climate data, future climate projections, and extensive guidance to facilitate effective use, interpretation, and informed actions.Historical climate information and future projections. Data is not up to date: Historical data ends in 2011 with projections based on CMIP5.
DataClimateServSERVIRClimateSERV enables users to easily visualize and download 180-day rainfall and temperature forecasts, as well as historic rainfall and vegetation conditions.Indicated in the AN survey that it is being used
DataSouth African Weather ServiceSAWSPDF reports of recent climate conditions at daily and monthly time-scalePDF reports of recent climate conditions at daily and monthly time-scale
DataSouth African Weather ServiceSAWSSAWS Product CatalogueFreely available SAWS data
DataGlobal Risk Data PlatformUNEPPREVIEW shares global risk data on natural hazards, allowing users to access information on past events, human and economic exposure, and risks associated with various phenomena.Locations of previous events such as fires, floods, landslides
DataNDMC Disaster AtlasNDMCThe purpose of the Disaster Atlas Application is to be able to view historic records of declared or gazetted disasters (2006-2017)Provide spatial extent of historical declared disasters. Note this data is out of date and that only declared disasters are included in this data
ThinkHazard! flags hazards in an area, indicating the level of awareness needed for each. It also offers guidance on risk reduction within the project area.
District level data on the presence and classification of climate hazards (low, medium, high)
Early warningAfrican Flood and Drought MonitorPrinceton Climate InstituteSystem for early warning of flood and drought across the continentProvides detailed information on soil moisture, drought, rainfall, runoff and evapotranspiration as well as short-term forecasts, and seasonal forecasts
Early WarningAdvanced Fire Information System (AFIS)CSIRAFIS is a near real time operational satellite fire monitoring system that provides information regarding the prediction, detection and assessment of fires.Near real time information on fires. The mobile app provides fire managers, farmers and disaster personnel with a tool on their smart devices to receive information regarding the prediction, detection, monitoring and assessment of wildfires.
Early warningDaily Fire Index Early Warning SystemNDMCSpatially represents daily Fire Danger Index values as and when issued by SAWS. Provides the Fire Danger Index value and prediction for the next 5 days on a Local Municipal level.
Early warningImpact Based Early Warning SystemNDMCWeb Service displays near real-time warnings across South Africa from SAWS spatially. Data Source: FTP from SAWS near real-timeProvides District Municipality early warnings that include geographical vulnerability in the forecast notices in order to assist in the planning for severe weather impacts. Note: only developed for pilot areas so far
Early warningInternational GDACS Early Warning SystemNDMCSpatially represents near real-time international warnings. Data Source: Global Disaster Alert and Coordination SystemAccess to local scale near real-time warnings
Early warningNJDCC Drought Monitoring DashboardNDMCSpatially represents monthly drought observations as depicted by Standard Precipitation Index (SPI). Data Source: Agricultural Research Council (ARC)Access to data on drought conditions across the country
Early warningGlobal Drought Information SystemNOAAThe Global Drought Monitor assesses worldwide drought conditions using continent-specific inputs, providing a comprehensive view. Global drought indices and indicators supplement the assessment.Provides various measures of drought conditions
Early warningFlowTracker AppAWARDThe Olifants River Flow Tracker allows near real-time monitoring of flow and dams, with a weather forecast feature. It uses AI and ML to analyze vast data from 300+ satellites, 11,000+ sensors, and other global emission sources, enhancing catchment awareness for residents.For those located near Olifants river they can get information on real-time flows on their mobile phone
GuidelineParticipatory Assessment of Climate and Disaster RisksBrot für die WeltThe Participatory Assessment of Climate and Disaster Risks (PACDR) tool consists of seven modules that build upon each other to enable users to systematically integrate the consideration of climate and disaster risks into community planning and development. Empowering communities with a sense of ownership and control over their adaptation efforts not only increases motivation and commitment to sustainable practices but also facilitates collaboration and knowledge-sharing among community members, promoting a collective approach to climate resilience.Training materials are available here:
GuidelineIndigo Climate DiariesIndigo development & changeParticipatory tool empowering individuals with control over their weather data. For five years, the Suid Bokkeveld community has utilized climate diaries to monitor farm micro-climates, recording weekly maximum and minimum temperatures, daily rainfall, and additional weather observations.By self-monitoring and recording weather data, they create a comparative record, fostering reflection on past events and enhancing their nuanced understanding of how weather impacts their livelihoods.
GuidelineNational Climate Risk & Vulnerability (CRV) Assessment FrameworkDFFEThe framework is intended to provide guidance on what to consider when undertaking climate risk and vulnerability assessments within diverse South African contexts in order to enable alignment, comparison, and aggregation between them and work towards an effective climate adaptation response across scales. The document provides guidelines on how to use participatory methods at a community scale to draw on indigenous knowledge to assess socio-ecological vulnerability.
Human HealthHST Health Indicators ToolHSTThe Health Systems Trust Indicator Tool presents the best available data on a wide range of health and related indicators from multiple years. Provide health planners and managers with easy access to data from a variety of sources.
Land cover changeCarbon Sinks AtlasDFFEThe National Terrestrial Carbon Sinks Assessment (NTCSA) aims to understand carbon distribution, identify mitigation opportunities, and review policies for sustainable land management in response to climate change.District and local municipality data on changes in carbon stocks and land cover
Land cover changeGlobal Forest WatchWorld Resources InstituteGlobal Forest Watch is an open-source web application to monitor global forests in near real-time.Provides detailed district level information on tree cover loss
MitigationClimate TRACEClimate TRACEClimate TRACE, a non-profit coalition, utilizes AI and ML to create an accessible inventory of global greenhouse gas emissions. The tool analyzes vast data, including 90 trillion bytes from 300+ satellites, 11,000+ sensors, and various other sources worldwide.Provides local level information on the sources of GHG emissions and ranking of those emission sources.
Spatial PlanningNational Environmental Screening ToolDFFEThe Environmental Screening Tool is a web-based application enabling proponents seeking environmental authorization to pre-screen their proposed sites for environmental sensitivity under the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations (2014).The screening tool maps sensitivities based on chosen environmental layers (e.g., Agriculture theme's Field Crop Boundaries). It generates reports summarizing area sensitivities. The freely accessible tool enables the public to explore environmental sensitivities across South Africa.
Water ManagementFreshwater Biodiversity Information SystemFreshwater Research Centre (FRC)FBIS is an open-access, online platform for serving, hosting, analyzing, visualising and sharing freshwater biodiversity data in South Africa. The overall purpose of the platform is to support data-driven freshwater decision-making and management in South Africa.Local scale information on freshwater biodiversity and various risks such as algae and pesticide riskTraining videos are available online:
Water ManagementMine Water AtlasWRCThe South African Mine Water Atlas is a comprehensive reference on the vulnerability of water resources to mining activity in South Africa. It shows the critical interplay between mining and water resources and is the most extensive set of documents of its kind.Local scale information on the vulnerability of water sources and groundwater to mining activities
Water ManagementNational Integrated Water Information SystemDWSThe National Integrated Water Information System (NIWIS) was developed by the Department of Water and Sanitation with the purpose of providing information products, in the form of dashboards, to facilitate efficient analysis and reporting across the water value chain in South Africa.Provincial level information on climate, sanitation services, water quality and quantity, drought, groundwater, rainfall, runoff status.