This page highlights interesting, exciting or otherwise significant happenings related to the Fynbos Node.
(By Dr Glenn Moncrieff, Data Scientist, SAEON Fynbos Node)
A workshop funded through the SAEON RReTool aimed to equip SA scientists and practitioners to put Google Earth Engine to work to understand and solve real-world problems.
(By Retang Mokua, PhD candidate, SAEON Fynbos Node and University of the Western Cape)
Braving the elements, SAEON Fynbos Node student Retang Mokua undertook storm event sampling to gain a better understanding of runoff-generation processes in the Jonkershoek Valley.
(By Abri de Buys, Field Technician, SAEON Fynbos Node)
Read more about the SAEON Fynbos Node's new eddy covariance installation in the Jonkershoek experimental catchment in the Western Cape. The station is located in a patch of fynbos.
(By Tamanna Patel, External Liaison, SAEON Graduate Student Network)
Dr Jasper Slingsby of SAEON's Fynbos Node led a two-day seminar for students on the research data lifecycle, a model devised to make research as usable and impactful as possible.
(By Abri de Buys, Technician, Fynbos Node)
The 2014-2018 drought has confirmed that publicly engaged scientists working with well-supported research infrastructure can make valuable, real-world contributions to the public debate and to policy.
SAEON Honours student Bongiwe Seleka investigated the influence of a dairy farm on the water quality of the Nuwejaars River... and uncovered the remarkable ability of this system to restore itself downstream of the dairy.
'Internationalisation of research infrastructure', the theme of the 2018 International Conference on Research Infrastructure (ICRI), tied in well with SAEON's growing participation in international Earth observation networks.
SAEON PhD student Retang Mokua is collecting water-level and water-chemistry data in Jonkershoek to unravel the mystery behind the streamflow processes in this important catchment. (By Retang Mokua, PhD candidate*, UWC and SAEON Fynbos Node)
Many factors determine the date water may stop running from residential taps and when water flow resumes, says SAEON's Dr Nicky Allsopp. Can SAEON's data shed light on some of the questions Capetonians are asking?
The SAEON team’s winning submission consisted of a research paper that included prototype web and smartphone applications for an ecosystem monitoring tool called the “Ecosystem Monitoring for Management Application (EMMA)”.
(By Margaret Koopman, Data Librarian and Abri de Buys, Technician, Fynbos Node)
Researchers from SAEON's Fynbos Node delved back into the past to shed light on the current water crisis in South Africa's Mother City.
(By Brigitte Melly, Postdoctoral Researcher, Fynbos Node and Betsie Milne, SAEON)
SAEON's Brigitte Melly and Betsie Milne gained valuable knowledge at the Wetlands in Drylands Research Network Conference held in Sydney and through embarking on post-conference field trips and collaborative visits.
(By Brigitte Melly, Postdoctoral Researcher, Fynbos Node)
One of the main goals of the SASAC Emerging Researchers Programme is to highlight how the systems analysis approach can be used to handle complex global challenges.
(By Margaret Koopman, Data Librarian, Fynbos Node)
SAEON data librarian Margaret Koopman enjoys nothing more than sleuthing. The data and metadata she unearths are essential for understanding our changing climate and landscapes.
(By Dr. Jasper Slingsby,Vegetation Scientist, SAEON Fynbos Node & Dr. Theoni Photopoulou, Postdoctoral Fellow, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University).
The hybridisation between statistics and ecology is revolutionising the way ecological and environmental research is conducted.
PhD student Faith Jumbi's research aims to improve the understanding of dominant hydrological processes and mechanisms of water flow in the Kromme River as an example of a semi-arid mountainous catchment.
Besides being some of the first empirical evidence of a climate change impact on biodiversity in the Fynbos Biome, and in South Africa in general, the study is a testament to the importance of long-term research.
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