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A rich bounty of historical marine data

Research survey data collected from early research vessels provide snapshots of relatively pristine marine ecosystems of the early 20th century.


Of trawl nets, historical baselines and Gilchrist's hidden legacy

The recent re-discovery and digitisation of Gilchrist’s data is poised to provide a better understanding of how marine ecosystems have changed during the last century.


Jonkershoek archives enter the digital age

SAEON's Fynbos Node is digitising Jonkershoek’s wealth of information, which includes the longest continuous records for stream flow in the Southern hemisphere. The data will be made available to researchers.


What do you do when life gives you lemons?

If you work for SAEON, you crunch the numbers and plan ahead, that’s what...


SAEON welcomes new Chief Research Scientist

A-rated scientist Professor William Bond is a renowned botanist and ecologist with a research interest in environmental change.


Wits University signs accession agreement with SAEON

The signing of the agreement is expected to facilitate even more opportunities for collaboration between SAEON and the University of the Witwatersrand.


SAEON gears up for new challenges

Drawing on the past, exploring the present and preparing for the future - this edition of SAEON eNews illustrates the role that SAEON is playing to improve South Africa's knowledge base and to contribute to sustainable development.


PhD student Neil Malan brings vital capacity to Egagasini Node

Neil's work at SAEON will focus on the use of numerical modelling to investigate the coastal circulation on the east coast of Southern Africa.


From clipboards to cosmic ray probes

SAEON's Cathedral Peak Research Catchments Monitoring Programme is gaining momentum, with interest from a variety of stakeholder groups representing a rich spectrum of disciplines.


Renosterveld restoration - reason to hope

With all renosterveld types in the Cape lowlands falling short of their conservation targets, ecological restoration has a crucial part to play in the conservation of the Cape Floristic Region.


Congratulations to the winners of SAEON’s Special Awards!

The SAEON Special Awards for Best Project in Environmental Monitoring at the Eskom Expo serve as encouragement for the learners to pursue their interest in environmental observations.


Dear Diary...

Read excerpts from Kgaugelo Ramalepe's diary in which she reports on the SAEON Ndlovu Node's annual science camp for Grade 11 learners... and her own remarkable journey towards greater self-esteem.


Youth entranced by the diversity of life in our oceans

SAEON's Elwandle Node was invited to showcase its coastal research projects at the launch of the National Marine Week celebrations in the Eastern Cape.


SAEON in the media

SAEON’s people and projects received coverage in a wide range of media...


Interesting link

A new scientific study has identified the protected areas most critical to preventing extinctions of the world’s mammals, birds and amphibians. Together, they harbour the majority of the populations of more than 600 birds, amphibians and mammals, half of which are globally threatened. The study was published in the latest edition of Science.
Further information can be found at


From all of us at SAEON:

"May the new year be filled with PEACE, in whichever of South Africa’s 11 official languages you choose to say it!
Xhosa: uxolo
Zulu and Ndebele: ukuthula
Tsonga: kurhula
Venda: mulalo
English: peace
Sesotho: kgotso
Afrikaans: vrede
Tswana: kagiso
Northern Sotho/Sepedi: khutso
Swati: lucolo "

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