Grasslands-Forests-Wetlands Node

Science for the flourishing of all life—in, and supported by—our grasslands, forests, & wetlands

Grasslands Forests Wetlands Node

The Grasslands-Forests-Wetlands node is one of six nodes within the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON), established in 2011. Our role is to conduct in situ monitoring to detect human induced global change and understand mechanisms and processes allied to these changes for grasslands, wetlands and forests 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. The GFW node is hosted by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife.

With guidance from a broad spectrum of professionals we have lead the establishment, development and establishment of comprehensive observation platforms.  We encourage input from stakeholders to provide input and guidance in the continued development and functioning of these platforms to ensure robust and relevant science.

Grasslands Node in the media

The coordinator of SAEON’s Grasslands-Forests-Wetlands Node, Susan Janse van Rensburg, is cited in an article titled Mountains play a vital role in water provision; we need to focus on them, published in The Witness of July 13.

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Message from the MD

SAEON’s new MD had the pleasure of visiting the Cathedral Peak site of the Grasslands Node where she saw different observations that can be used as input to the development and running of hydrological, land surface and atmospheric models.

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