The National Climate Change Information System (NCCIS) is part of the national effort to track South Africa’s overall transition to a low carbon and climate resilient economy as required by the National Development Plan (Vision 2030) and the National Climate Change Response Policy (2011) as well as the South Africa’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC 2015) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Climate change transparency is at the heart of the Paris Agreement and as such South Africa, along with other countries will need to enhance reporting on climate actions and their effects.
The system monitors and evaluates climate change drivers, events, links to national objectives, targets and strategies in respect of climate change mitigation and adaptation monitoring and assessment of actions taken by stakeholders.
The NCCIS is an ecosystem of configurable systems or components which each contribute unique information and context to our understanding of climate change. The idea was to build components that were complementary and could support climate change policy and decision making, and by extension, assist government to do the same. For this to work each component accepts a variety of data sources, processing services, subcomponents (for example for maps, widgets, and charts), and supporting vocabularies which are increasingly open, and available in compliance with community agreed upon standards. Currently this includes vocabularies for the following -
- Regions – Official hierarchy of South African regions - provinces, district municipalities and local municipalities and their boundaries. Municipality names and spatial polygons are maintained by the Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB) and for provinces by the National Council of Provinces (NCP)
- Government departments – Official hierarchy of South African government departments, agencies and state-owned enterprises (multiple sources)
- Sectors – Official hierarchy of business sectors as used by StatsSA, South African Revenue Service (SARS), and the international community
- Hazards – Official hierarchy of hazards recognised by the National Disaster Management Center (NDMC) - Coming soon!!!
- Climate variables - As defined by South African Weather Service (SAWS) - Coming soon!!!
- Climate model variables - As defined in CORDEX - Coming soon!!!
In order to maximise the usefulness of available data, development, and monetary resources data services, visualisations, and processing services need to be configured to suit the understanding of the end user so that they can be reused and reanalysed as needed with a common contextual understanding. Finally, if data services, vocabularies, components, and processes need not be centralised, then any architecture adopted can support a distributed, federated model for construction of web-based resources extending the reach of the component parts of the NCCIS from the ecosystem of systems to any website or system for any interested party.
By the end of this lesson you should be able to:
Understand the structure of the NCCIS
Locate national and provincial climate information
Locate planning materials to generate a climate change action plan
Navigate to the NCCRD to submit climate change actions
Navigate to the NDAO to submit an evaluation of your climate change adaptation approach