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How Terrestrial Science can help Astrophysics at SKA

Managing a large area of the Upper Karoo is a very different proposition from looking into deep space to answer questions about the origins of our universe! SAEON will assist SKA-SA with this terrestrial science challenge.


Bizarre barnacle discoveries from deep South African waters

Recent work on deep-sea hermit crabs resulting from SAEON and DAFF’s demersal trawls, has led to the discovery of new parasitic barnacles, as well as a new species of hermit crab.


SAEON Elwandle applies expertise to marine protected area management

By using baited remote underwater video systems, SAEON scientists are evaluating fish communities in the Amathole marine protected areas to determine how far the reserves would need to be extended to include crucial fish habitats.


A peek into SAEON’s growing climate datasets

SAEON’s climate monitoring in remote regions that form part of the water supply to major population centres, can help us understand how we may be affected by climate change.


ASCA teams up with floating university for landmark cruise

SEAmester is a training course at sea where students participate in a lecture series combined with deck work (in collaboration with the ASCA science project) to gain practical experience.


Addressing maritime security challenges in the Indian Ocean

The Third Indian Ocean Dialogue addressed topics ranging from marine renewable energy and security threats to the need to build trust in order to enhance collaborative work in the region.


SAEON gears up to host inaugural Open Science Meeting in Kruger Park

The meeting is aimed at advancing long-term ecological research globally... through sharing scientific approaches and results and creating opportunities for networked cross-continental research programmes.


Plugging the Big Hole

SAEON established its Arid Lands Node in Kimberley to close the observation gap across the arid western half of South Africa. Today, argue the node’s staff members, there is no better place to plug this big hole than from Kimberley, the very place so famous for its Big Hole...


Understanding the local oceanography of False Bay

Two SAEON students are investigating the oceanography of False Bay. Renae Logston is looking at environmental effects on marine trophic levels, while Mark Jacobson is undertaking a study of the winds in the bay.


My first taste of science at sea

Oceanography student Ntombi Nxiba reports on her many and varied experiences during the second ASCA cruise.


SEAmester ne Agulhas System Climate Array

SEAmester, South Africa's 'classroom afloat', gave learners in SAEON’s education programme their first taste of marine science. This article, in isiXhosa (with a short summary in English), describes the participants’ extraordinary learning experience.


My SEAmester experience

South Africa's first floating university created a learning platform where young researchers were exposed to global change and its effects on our oceans... while developing their professional skills.


Did YOU learn about hydrological models and weather stations at school?

To inspire young minds with ideas around environmental science, the SAEON Fynbos team went all out to make their presentation memorable and interactive - by building a hydrological/landform model complete with rainfall simulator to illustrate abstract concepts.


Where aspiring scientists' dreams come true

Find out how the Ndlovu Node's science camps support would-be scientists in acquiring the insights and skills to realise their career aspirations.


In the Thicket, as thick as thieves

At this year’s Thicket Forum four special delegates boosted scientific presentation standards. The SAEON four gave outstanding presentations; two winning first prizes for oral and poster presentations.


Time to expand: achieving science through science engagement

SAEON’s Grasslands Node intends using the expansion of its high-altitude benchmark site at Cathedral Peak to advance science engagement and involve the local community in citizen science monitoring projects.


Community weather monitoring fills important data gap

By empowering society to monitor the environment, they will be able to understand global change impacts and see how, through restoration, resilience can be built against these changes.


What's new at SAEON?

Read more about the latest SAEON research papers and other SAEON news.



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