#01 2024

NRF-SAEON in the media

By Staff Writer

Arid Lands and Fynbos Nodes

An article titled NASA Helps Study One of the World’s Most Diverse Ecosystems was published in The Kimberley Prospector and on the website of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory on December 8 last year.

According to the article, an international team of researchers spent October and November 2023 in the field studying South Africa’s Greater Cape Floristic Region, one of the world’s most biologically diverse areas. As part of the effort, researchers used NASA airborne and space-based instruments to gather complementary data to better understand the unique aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems in this region. Their findings will inform the capabilities of future satellite missions aimed at studying plants and animals.

The study is led in South Africa by NRF-SAEON and the University of Cape Town.

A researcher attaches a sensor to a tree as part of the BioSCape campaign in the Greater Cape Floristic Region in South Africa (Photo: Adam Wilson)

Arid Lands Node

Dr Joh Henschel, former manager of the Arid Lands Node and NRF-SAEON research associate, has written the following articles for Weslander News and Weslander online:

The last article, Why trees have thorns revealed, was on a talk given by Emeritus Professor William Bond, former Chief Research Scientist of NRF-SAEON, at the West Coast Fossil Park.