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 Innovation established SAEON to conduct long term environmental observation and promote an informed and timely response to global change.
SAEON is countrywide, with “Nodes” encompassing the major terrestrial, coastal and oceanic environments. Its activities cover the entire research-development-innovation value chain ranging from collecting, processing, archiving and interpreting data; developing data products and services; and interfacing with end users that include policy makers and environmental managers.
SAEON works in collaboration with government agencies, universities, research institutions, industrial partners and civil society.
We use long term observation to explore how the abiotic and biotic composition of our ecosystems are changing, and how this affects ecological processes and the services they provide to society. More »
We ask three major questions critical to informing decision-making for maintaining and improving our environment and associated societal benefits, namely
What determines the composition and diversity of communities and ecosystems?
How does the composition and diversity of communities affect ecosystem processes and societal benefits derived from these processes?
How do global change factors alter the composition and diversity of ecosystems and subsequent ecosystem function?
A map of existing meteorological, hydrological and ecological datasets and infrastructure to assist with EFTEON proposals.
These are projects linked to current grants. See ‘Sites and Datasets’ for long term projects.
A South Africa - Germany collaboration to understand the impacts of land-use and climate change on South African terrestrial ecosystems