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The South African Environmental Observation Network expresses deep appreciation for the life of Nelson Mandela and will continue to be inspired by his principled and persistent leadership of social transformation and change.
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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.
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).
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.
The objective of SAEON’s science education outreach programme is to provide a platform for science education outreach and capacity development.