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.