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NEWS UPDATE: Multinational marine project investigating the oceansMultinational marine project investigating the oceans


Multinational marine project investigating the oceans - EE PublishersThis article details how the Agulhas System Climate Array (ASCA), an international oceanographic project designed to provide long term observations of the Agulhas Current, achieves its objectives. It also provides details on the first mooring. Click here to read more.

NEWS UPDATE: Sharing views on the strategic challenges for environmental research organisations in Southern AfricaSharing views on the strategic challenges for environmental research organisations in southern Africa
Sharing views on the strategic challenges for environmental research organisations in Southern Africa with the Okavango Research Institute ( of the University of Botswana. Prof Wellington Masamba, director of ORI, and Johan Pauw, MD of SAEON, met today to benchmark the experiences of their respective organisations. The topics were: organisational strategies & structure, research programmes, community engagement, financial sustainability, international collaborations, retention strategies, research infrastructure, ILTER ( and future directions

NEWS UPDATE: The SA Agulhas II marine science open daysThe SA Agulhas II marine science open days

Oceans Month celebrated by raising awareness of marine science. The SA Agulhas II Open Days provided 800 grade 8,9 and 10 learners from 14 schools the opportunity to tour the new polar research vessel on 12 June. Interaction with exhibitors and scientists helped them to explore marine science careers and to understand how science work at sea. SAEON Egagasini Node exhibited some instruments used to measure changes at sea, e.g. an Argo Float (physical changes) and Ski Monkey Camera (biological aspects). The Magic Planet video globe (in pictures) was used to demonstrate Earth system dynamics.

NEWS UPDATE: SAEON scientists studying marine biodiversity

Huffington Post tells all about SAEON scientists studying marine biodiversity with Baited Remote Underwater Video Systems. The research informs the declaration of Marine Protected Areas and provides scientific evidence for the management thereof.

Cameras for conservation

Cameras Deep Under the Ocean Surface Reveal Crucial SecretsThe big change? The rapid evolution of camera technology had lowered the price of cameras available to the average user. The advent of GoPros made high-quality filming a reality for surfers, divers and scientists. Click here to read more

NEWS UPDATE: Discussing environmental change research and data sharing in Southern AfricaDiscussing environmental change research and data sharing in southern africa

Discussing environmental change research and data sharing in Southern Africa. The National Directors of the Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management (SASSCAL) visited SAEON's Managing Director today. In the picture (from left): Jonathan Diederiks (South Africa), Chipilica Barbosa (Angola), Casper Bonyongo (Botswana), Peter Erb (Namibia), Indie Dinala (Zambia) and Johan Pauw (SAEON). More about SASSCAL at

NEWS UPDATE: SAEON Arid Lands Node celebrating World Environment Day

SAEON Arid Lands Node celebrating world environment day 2015

World Environment Day 2015 at Kimberley, Northern Cape Province. Minister of Environmental Affairs: Edna Molewa, with the SAEON Arid Lands Node's Dr Joh Henschel listening to Omphile Khutsoane (left) elaborating on SAEON's education-outreach programme. Download copy of the SAEON Story that the minister holds in her hands here

NEWS UPDATE: Operation Phakisa - harnessing the ocean's economy

Operation phakisa-harnessing the oceans economy

Appointed by Department of Science & Technology to facilitate the SAMREF project to exploit research opportunities presented by offshore oil and gas explorations that will unlock data ecosystems, marine resources, and ocean related renewable energy. Operation Phakisa - developing the oceans economy. Click here for full story.

NEWS UPDATE: Science Education in progress in the Northern Cape

Science education in progress in the northern cape

Supporting science education in the Northern Cape: SAEON Arid Lands Node took 22 Grade 9 learners from Thabane, Emmang Mogo and Greenpoint Secondary Schools in Kimberley on a science camp held at Mokala National Park on Saturday 23 May 2015. The learners interacted with experts and gained hands-on learning about the importance of plants, the role of plant collections, vegetation and water quality monitoring. A project of the SAEON science education-outreach programme to grow a representative cohort of future scientists. For more on this story click here.

NEWS UPDATE: Assessing the effects of trawling

Hake is South Africa's most important fish resource and this month the industry received sustainability certification from the Marine Stewardship Council. The achievement was assisted by SAEON's benthic trawl experiment, a unique long-term project, investigating the recovery of marine biodiversity after trawling and a collaborative effort with the University of Cape Town, the South African National Biodiversity, the South African Deep Sea Trawl Industry Association and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

 Assessing the effects of trawling

  By Lara Atkinson and Charles von der Meden, SAEON Egagasini Node Descending into the darkness - it is pitch black beyond the camera lights and nobody knows what may suddenly appear on the screen before us. The excitement and anticipation here for more: Visuals from the deep. Also like this story on LinkedIn.

NEWS UPDATE: Impact of veld fires re-surveyed in the DrakensbergImpact of veld fires re-surveyed

A 34-year UKZN experiment studying the impact of veld fires on natural grassland in the Drakensberg was recently surveyed by the original team (Colin & Terry Everson), supported by SAEON. The Brotherton trial has 11 combinations of frequencies and season of burn. Grasslands deliver essential ecosystem services e.g. water supply, nutrient cycling, soil retention and greenhouse gas mitigation. The large picture shows the current botanical composition of plot 43 compared to what it was in 1981 (bottom right). Pictured (top right), left to right, are Thami Shezi, Paul Gordijn (glasses), Craig Morris and Colin.

NEWS UPDATE: Technical Training Course at Cathedral Peak

Cathedral peak technical training

Technical training in progress: SAEON is expanding its data collecting instruments to include water, carbon and energy for in situ monitoring of environmental processes and change. Field technicians and students are this week with Colin Everson and Michael Mengistu to share in their years of experience and field know-how. The Cathedral Peak monitoring site, where a number of instruments are already in place, is ideal for training. These pictures show the team in action: assembling, wiring, programming and collecting data.

NEWS UPDATE: Cosmic ray probe to aid Mapungubwe's threatened endemic forest


 Click here to read more about this new research project in the Mapungubwe World Heritage site.

NEWS UPDATE: 2015 Benthic Trawl Experiment research cruise

benthic trip

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Opportunities at SAEON

There following opportunities are currently advertised:

Project Coordinator and Project Officer - South African Marine Research and Exploration Forum

Please consult the Careers page for a copy of the NRF application form.

Any queries can be directed to Leazill Peenze, Human Resources Practitioner at

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SAEON Key Focus Areas




Please click here for SAEON's Core Science Framework: Understanding Environmental Change in Complex Systems.

SAEON seeks to coordinate and support long-term in-situ environmental observation systems through two tiers of stakeholder advisory committees

SAEON’s scientific design is adaptively refined to be responsive to emerging environmental issues and corresponds largely with the societal benefit areas of the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO).

Six SAEON nodes have been established, not only at locations selected for geographical spread, but also in different host organisations for organisational spread.

The nodes are field centres coordinating and facilitating observation and information systems for four biome-based terrestrial regions, the coastal zone (divided into three bio-geographic regions) and offshore-marine systems (divided into three Large Marine Ecosystems).


INFORMATION management


SAEON has concluded a comprehensive review of the mandates, impacts and drivers that shape its Information Systems Strategy, and has identified a series of interrelated programs aimed at alignment with its stakeholders, user community, domain(s) of operation, and corporate objectives. Programs are already underway to create the guideline architecture through extensions to the CoGIS Portal environment and the establishment of a number of supporting systems. One of the primary outcomes of this is the SAEON Data Portal.

EDUCATION outreach


The objective of SAEON’s science education outreach programme is to provide a platform for science education outreach and capacity development.

 Key outcomes of the science education outreach programme

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