South African Environmental Observation Network

Research Infrastructures​

SAEON manages three research infrastructures developed by the Department of Science and Innovation as part of the South African Research Infrastructure Roadmap (SARIR).

SAEON manages and maintains national research infrastructures across South Africa. These include Expanded Freshwater and Terrestrial Environmental Observation Network (EFTEON), Shallow Marine and Coastal Research Infrastructure (SMCRI) and South African Polar Research Infrastructure (SAPRI). Hover on each site to find out more details. 

EFTEON aims to provide and operate a network of instrumented landscape-level platforms for the South African environmental research community, focused on socially relevant terrestrial landscapes and their coupled hydrological systems. 

The SMCRI provides an array of instruments and physical research platforms around the coast of South Africa and its sub-antarctic islands to collect long-term reliable data for scientific research to help decision makers formulate appropriate environmental policies to lessen the risk and vulnerability of the coastal zone to climate and global change.

The SAPRI is designed as a consortium hosted at the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON). The ultimate objective of SAPRI is to enable balanced research growth across the polar disciplines, and to maintain and further expand the world-class long-term observational datasets already established.

Contact Details


Contact PersonEmailPhoneAddress
EFTEONDr Gregor Feig[email protected]Tel: +27 (83) 883 014456 Florence Street, Colbyn, Pretoria, 0083

Dr Shaun Deyzel

[email protected]

Tel: +27 (41) 504 4604

Block A, Room 24, NMU Ocean Sciences Campus, 4 Gomery Avenue, Summerstrand, Gqeberha

SAPRIDr Juliet Hermes[email protected]Tel: +27 (21) 100 45495th Floor, Foretrust Building, Martin Hammerschlag Way, Cape Town