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Field biologists and NASA to Map Biodiversity in South Africa’s Greater Cape Floristic Region
Space in Africa

July 16, 2021

NASA to help with mapping of Cape floristic region
CapeTalk South Africa

July 16, 2021

Field Biologists, NASA planes to map biodiversity in South Africa

UB Press Release

Join the team! Hiring BioSCape project manager

The Department of Geography at the University at Buffalo (UB) invites applicants for a postdoctoral science project manager for a NASA-funded biodiversity field campaign in South Africa (bioscape.io). The BioSCape Airborne Campaign will deploy three imaging spectrometers (AVIRIS-NG, PRISM, and HyTES) and one LiDAR instrument (LVIS) from two aircraft over the Western Cape of South Africa. In combination with field observations, the campaign will provide data for scientists to understand the structure, function, and composition of the region’s ecosystems, and learn about how and why they are changing in time and space. This position will be supervised by the PI team, Adam M Wilson at the University at Buffalo and Erin Hestir at the University of California at Merced. The postdoctoral project manager will be able to pursue part-time independent research related to the project objectives.

Read more and apply at https://www.ubjobs.buffalo.edu/postings/28495

New Greater Cape Town Long-Term Social-Ecological Research landscape (GCT-LTSER)

December 11, 2020

The South African Department of Science and Innovation has recently identified part of the BioSCape study region as an Expanded Freshwater and Terrestrial Environmental Observation Network (EFTEON). Here's the summary from the NRF:

This Landscape links the Atlantic Ocean to the peaks of the Boland Mountains Strategic Water Source Area, covering steep climate gradients and a hyperdiverse mix of lowland (strandveld and renosterveld) and upland (mountain fynbos) major vegetation formations of the Fynbos Biome, interspersed with pockets of Southern Afrotemperate Forest. This environmental template supports and interacts with a diverse socio-econo-cultural mix, inhabiting a tapestry of urban, agricultural and natural land use/land cover types. The landscape offers a direct link to a number of SARIR research infrastructures including the Shallow Marine and Coastal Research Infrastructure (Two Oceans Sentinel Site), the BioGrip Cape Point Atmospheric Monitoring Site (Global Atmospheric Watch) and two nodes (UCT and SUN), and the Cape Town South African Population Research Infrastructure Network (SAPRIN) site. Read more here.