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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

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 Click here for a brief news release.


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


The SAEON Story 2007 - 2011.

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Download the publication on SAEON's activities during 2007 - 2011 here.


Observations on Environmental Change in South Africa

Combat Change with Change


Please click here for SAEON's contribution to environmental policy development, based on the publication Observations on Environmental Change in South Africa.


International Roles 

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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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