The SAEON Arid Lands Node conducts observations on the ecological effects of Global Change and Land Use Changes across the hyper-arid to semi-arid western half of South Africa, where mean annual precipitation is 45-450 mm, and potential evapotranspiration exceeds precipitation 5-50 fold. The area stretches between latitude 25-33oS and longitude 16.5-26oE across 500,000 km2, encompassing the Northern Cape and parts of the North-West-, Free State-, Eastern Cape- and Western Cape provinces. Visit the webpage here.
Egagasini Node for marine-offshore systems is an observation site of SAEON that is hosted by the new Oceans and Coasts branch of the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), and also works closely with the Fisheries Branch of Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF). The node works with a wide range of partners to combine data, resources and knowledge of the oceans surrounding South Africa, their ecosystems and biodiversity to comprehend and fully appreciate their role in climate change as well as the impact of climate change on the oceans’ resources. Visit the webpage here.
The SAEON Elwandle Coastal Node is based in Port Elizabeth. It forms one of six nodes of the SAEON network, which is part of the National Research Foundation. The Elwandle Coastal Node is mandated to undertake long-term monitoring and research on South Africa’s coastal zone. The node is comprised of a dynamic team of driven individuals who are tirelessly striving to detect, understand and predict environmental change in South Africa's coastal ecosystems. Visit the webpage here.
The SAEON Fynbos Node forms part of the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON), a business unit within the National Research Foundation. The Department of Science and Technology established SAEON as an institute to conduct long term environmental observation and promote an informed and timely response to global change. SAEON is an institution with a country wide presence that encompasses the major terrestrial, coastal and oceanic environments. We aim to understand the impacts of global change in Fynbos and how this will affect us by answering these questions: How does fynbos work? How are we changing fynbos and what it does for us? Visit the webpage here.
The SAEON Grasslands-Forests-Wetlands node role is to conduct in situ monitoring to detect human induced global change and understand mechanisms and processes allied to these changes in these biomes and within South Africa. The intention is that this information will provide insight that will improve our understanding of anthropogenic forcing and what this means for society. Visit the webpage here.
The Ndlovu Node is a branch of SAEON that focuses on understanding environmental change occurring in the savanna biome of South Africa. Based in the Kruger National Park, at Phalaborwa, the Node runs a number of long-term research projects in the north-eastern part of the country, in national parks, private conservation areas, mining areas and rural rangelands. “Ndlovu”, the name chosen for the Node, means “elephant” in isiZulu. It symbolizes the relatively pristine state of many ecosystems in the savanna biome, as well as the role that these ecosystems play in sustaining economic activities and the livelihoods of people living in the region. Visit the webpage here.