Working with a rural community for improved management of natural resources
SAEON is collaborating with the Mthimkhulu Tribal Authority to develop a long-term research platform. The research aims to test and showcase viable management actions that could improve the goods and services that rural communities derive from their lands.
Growing network of LTSER observatories for regional mountain monitoring landscape
Scientists have presented a first synthesis of the mountain observation in southern Africa to demonstrate the value of process-orientated LTSER initiatives, framed by their contribution to human well-being, appropriate management of biodiversity and environmental sustainability.
A quest for soil CO2 flux data in fire-prone grasslands of the Drakensberg Mountains
Lindokuhle Dlamini’s PhD research focuses on soil carbon dynamics of fire-prone grasslands in Cathedral Peak. His work will provide detailed data on soil carbon composition and dynamics under a range of experimental treatments.
Special Report on the Oceans and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate
A group of experts met to finalise a long process of translating the report into relevant information for African policymakers, to ensure that the report informs the common Africa position at COP26 in Glasgow.
In’forming’ the world of South Africa’s response to climate change
Web developer Zach Smith looks at the user-experience considerations that accompanied the design and initial release of the recently revamped National Climate Change Response Database website, and how these considerations were used to create a friendly interface.
TeaComposition project – burying and weighing a delicate refreshment
SAEON’s Arid Lands Node is participating in this global project under the ILTER banner to study long-term litter carbon dynamics and its key drivers at present and predicted climate scenarios worldwide.
Cost-effective and efficient sampling in the deep sea
Grab sample failures can be time-consuming and costly, particularly in deep-sea work. A SAEON study found that a cone dredge can be a cost-effective and efficient alternative for sampling benthic sediment at depth.
SAEON’s Elwandle Node extends its laboratory capacity
The latest addition to the Elwandle Node’s biogeochemistry laboratory will extend the range of elements measured in the coastal environment and boost plans to establish the continent’s first metal long-term ecosystem research site.
The search for a hero plant in the fight against metal toxicity in the estuarine environment
Plants adapted to high pollution loads can be used to stave off the toxic consequences of metals. The Swartkops Estuary was the perfect location for Elwandle Node scientists and students to study how three plant species accumulate metals.
Bringing the ocean to learners in a deep rural area
The NRF-SAEON Marine Science exhibit at the Cofimvaba science centre aims to bring the ocean to those that might never get the opportunity to visit the sea. Users can access the content in isiXhosa and English.
MzanSea – showcasing South Africa’s diversity of marine ecosystems
The MzanSea project aims to connect South Africans with the diverse marine ecosystems in our oceans. For this purpose, a new website, a children’s activity book and a set of fact sheets have been developed.
There are eight SAEON mountain observatories, four situated in the Cape Fold Belt and four in the Great Escarpment. In the Cape Fold Belt, the SAEON mountain observatories are in the Baviaanskloof, the Cederberg and on Table Mountain. The Cederberg mountains are noted for dramatic rock formations (see banner photograph) and San rock art. (Photo: Shutterstock)