Long-term observations enhance knowledge impact as SAEON extends historic measurements
New knowledge gained through integrated research on the Cathedral Peak research catchments will continue to provide influential policy-relevant information, while also having societal impact through informing local actions.
SAEON Open Data Platform receives CoreTrustSeal certification
Following years of work by the uLwazi Node to ensure that the open data platform is set up and run according to international standards, the platform has been certified as a Trustworthy Data Repository by the CoreTrustSeal Standards and Certification Board.
Putting the Western Cape September rainfall event into perspective
In September this year, the South African Weather Service issued a storm warning for the Western Cape. SAEON staff decided to analyse the event and compare it with previous September records, to place this high-intensity event in a historical context.
A total of 34 continuous monitoring and 511 multiparameter datasets are now served through the Observations Database of the Shallow Marine and Coastal Research Infrastructure programme. Charts of all these datasets are available in the South African Estuary Information System.
Turning blue to remedy GHG emissions and understand fluxes from coastal ecosystems
For the first time in South Africa, Elwandle Node researchers are measuring the three most radiatively potent greenhouse gases emitted from blue carbon ecosystems – to develop a net carbon budget for these ecosystems.
Raging fires leave a path of destruction in the arid lands
Runaway veld fires have caused havoc across parts of the Northern Cape, severely damaging SAEON’s weather monitoring instruments, weather station and flux tower, and destroying the soil moisture logger.
Advancing our scientific understanding of the Southern Ocean
NRF-SAEON, SAPRI and SMCRI were represented at the first Southern Ocean Observing System Symposium, which investigated the challenges faced in providing long-term observations that address policy and societal issues.
New Centre launched to generate knowledge for the ocean-climate nexus
Scientists from the Egagasini Node participated in the launch of the UN Decade Collaborative Centre for Ocean-Climate Nexus and Coordination in China. The Centre strives to coordinate global scientific and technological innovation cooperation in the field of oceans and climate.
Two workshops in Paris highlighted the importance of understanding the boundary currents around South Africa. These currents impact our weather, climate, rainfall, fisheries, marine protected areas, blue economy industries and more.
Enhancing IORAG as a vehicle for youth empowerment in the Indian Ocean Region
The Department of Science and Innovation and NRF-SAEON co-hosted the 28th Indian Ocean Rim Association Academic Group Meeting in Cape Town – the first time early-career professionals were invited to attend an IORAG meeting.
Earth systems model complexity vs. computational resources: Enhancing model efficiency
Two South African researchers participated in a training course in China that provided valuable insights that will contribute to ongoing efforts to strengthen numerical modelling in SA, and within the BRICS project.
Communicating discovery science – call for abstracts
The Journal of Science Communication invites researchers, practitioners, policymakers and funders to submit contributions to science communication research, practice and training specifically relevant to discovery science.
SAEON showcases freely available weather data to farmers at Bergville Agricultural Expo
EFTEON hosted a stand with a variety of instrumentation used to record weather and atmospheric data. Staff demonstrated to local and commercial farmers, stakeholders and students how they could benefit from the data.