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What's causing the water levels in South Africa's largest freshwater lake to drop?

Researchers from SAEON's Grasslands-Forests-Wetlands Node are collaborating with a range of institutions, spanning various disciplines, to generate crucial observation data within the Maputaland wetland system.


Will Cape Town be the world's first major city to run out of water?

Many factors determine the date water may stop running from residential taps and when water flow resumes, says SAEON's Dr Nicky Allsopp. Can SAEON's data shed light on some of the questions Capetonians are asking?


Are icebergs a realistic option for augmenting Cape Town's water supply? The debate continues...

Dr Olav Orheim, initiator of the ship-borne iceberg observation programme under the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, has written to SAEON eNews providing reasons why he thinks "ice to the Cape" is possible.


SAEON research fellow achieves NRF Prestige rating

A "P" rating is rarely obtained within the SA scientific community. It is only awarded to researchers considered likely to become future international leaders in their respective fields.


SAEON's Ndlovu Node restores fog collector at Haenertsburg

Rising atmospheric CO2 and climate change pose a threat to high-rainfall grasslands throughout the world. SAEON selected the Haenertsburg grasslands as an ideal site for long-term research needed to detect such changes and refine predictions.


Building a river geomorphology model to assess catchment management options for western Algoa

SAEON student Pam Sekese's research project aims to develop a model that explains river channel dynamics in three semi-arid catchments in the Eastern Cape, with implications for river and wetland rehabilitation efforts, land management and flood risk management.


Newly funded demands are expanding SAEON's footprint. Dare we decline?

MD Johan Pauw revisits SAEON's original mandate to weigh up whether the new challenges that have catapulted SAEON and its staff into a 'new orbit' are in line with this mandate.


A not-so-tired retiree

All too soon Professor William Bond's four-year term as Chief Scientist of SAEON has come to an end. The numerous national initiatives and remarkable outputs orchestrated by him during his time at SAEON will remain part of his immense legacy in South Africa's environmental science history.


ASCA and the perfect storm

The world-class new research vessel, Dr. Fridtjof Nansen, offered SAEON staff and students a five-star research opportunity and learning experience despite stormy conditions.


Evolving and sustaining ocean best practices

SAEON's Professor Juliet Hermes is working with representatives of major ocean observing networks and programmes across the globe to consolidate and improve access to best practices in ocean observation.


Two new research associates for the arid lands

The Arid Lands Node has strengthened its scientific capabilities with the addition of two arid region specialists, Dr Noel and Prof. Gretel van Rooyen.


SAEON Arid Lands Node organise landmark author workshop

The workshop helped shape articles for an upcoming Karoo Special Issue in the African Journal of Range and Forage Science, to further current knowledge of the Karoo environment and its people and to prepare for future uncertainties.


Staying inspired, updated and connected through conferences

SAEON student Tania Moyiwa reports on her poster presentation at the 10th WIOMSA symposium, and her participation in a meeting convened by young global researchers to discuss the formation of a youth network under this association.


Students doing it for themselves

Members of SAEON's Graduate Student Network can look forward to an exciting year. A wide range of student activities are planned at SAEON nodes across the country to whet research appetites.


How to celebrate World Wetlands Day when your wetlands have dried up

SAEON joined forces with the KZN Wetland Forum and the Isibusiso Esihle Science Discovery Centre to run a learner event aimed at raising awareness of the uniqueness of the local wetlands and the threats these wetlands face.


Connecting the world for a sustainable future

SAEON's science engagement coordinator, Kogie Govender, presented a paper at the 7th Science Centre World Summit with the intriguing title, "Save the planet and save the children or make a profit".


The role of informal learning programmes in pursuing quality education

Based on her own experiences in the SAEON Elwandle Node's science education programme, science engagement officer Nozi Hambaze's presentation at the annual SAARMSTE conference focused on how participation in marine science camps influences learners' perception of science.


What else is new at SAEON?

Read more about Juliet Hermes' appointment as Honorary Associate Professor, new science publications and SAEON eNews once again being selected as one of the top six electronic newsletters in the South African Publication Forum competition.


SAEON in the media

SAEON's people and projects received coverage in national and local print, broadcast and online media...



"Like life itself, science is complex. Reductive strategies that look at phenomena and reactions in isolation miss the big picture. Our species faces an existential crisis. Overcoming it will require greater wisdom and knowledge and a better understanding of nature's interconnectedness." - David Suzuki, Canadian academic, science broadcaster and environmental activist

null SA Publication Forum Awards:
SAEON eNews runner-up in 2015 and  finalist in 2017, 2016, 2014 and 2013.
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