Since mid-2011 Mark New has held a joint appointment at the University of Cape Town, where he is director of the African Climate and Development Initiative. He is also professor of Climate Science at the School of Geography and Environment, Oxford. His research focuses on climate change detection, processes, scenarios, impacts and adaptation.
In his research on climate change monitoring and detection he has worked on the development of global and regional climate datasets which have underpinned climate impacts assessments and integrated modelling, the detection of climate extremes, and issues around uncertainty and accuracy of climate data. His research on impacts and adaptation has addressed broader adaptation policy issues around high-end climate change and dangerous climate impacts, approaches to adaptation decision making under uncertainty. Much of this work has been applied through the lens of water resource planning, such as in the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) project he leads, ARCC-Water – Adaptive and Resilient Water Systems.