Seasonal forecast for May 2023 available
Posted on May 17, 2023
Mostly below normal rainfall is expected during late autumn. Parts of the summer rainfall area may expect above normal winter rain.
The Centre for Environmental Studies at the University of Pretoria invite you to attend a Seminar by Dr Kerry Cawse-Nicholson
Posted on May 10, 2023
The Centre for Environmental Studies at the University of Pretoria invite you to attend a Seminar by Dr Kerry Cawse-Nicholson, who will speak about Surface Biology and Geology (SBG): future thermal and spectroscopic missions for Earth Science.
At the end of 2017, the United States National...
Mother Earth Day, 22 April 2023
Posted on April 20, 2023
Celebrating Mother Earth day by showcasing South Africa's river network
Seasonal forecast for January 2023 available
Posted on January 17, 2023
This month’s JFM forecast is showing an increased likelihood of drier than normal conditions over the area that includes part of South Africa (northeast), Botswana, Namibia and Mozambique. However, the FMA forecast is more optimistic for a late summer season that will be wetter than normal....
SALDi seminar 4 October
Posted on September 25, 2022
The Centre for Environmental Studies (CFES) at the Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology invites you to attend the Seminar on “Development of earth observation data cubes for monitoring land degradation processes in South Africa”. The seminar will be presented by Dr...
New book on Remote Sensing of African Mountains-Geospatial Tools Toward Sustainability
Posted on September 20, 2022
Prof Abel Ramoelo, Director for the Centre for Environmental Studies, University of Pretoria was one of the Guest Editors for the book entitled “Remote Sensing of African Mountains: Geospatial Tools Toward Sustainability”. The book was co-edited with academics from the University of...
UPGRADE Internship program to Florida International University (FIU)
Posted on July 04, 2022
The University Partnership to Grow Administration and Education (UPGRADE) set out to enhance university partnerships between the US and South Africa and focuses on increasing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) capacity as well as improving the knowledge and skills in...
Seminar on Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL), Research Funding and Collaboration opportunities with US Universities.
Posted on May 06, 2022
Join Dr. Lakhdar Boukerrou and Dr. Osama Mohammed from Florida International University (FIU) on Tuesday, 24 May 2022 at 2pm (SAST) for a seminar on; Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL), Research Funding and Collaboration opportunities with US Universities.
Celebrating Environmental Professionals Day
Posted on April 13, 2022
April 15 is Environmental Professionals Day. To celebrate this day, we asked Salome Beeslaar, and contract lecturer in environmental sciences in our department, to speak about her profession.
Q: Tell us about your academic and professional background.
I studied B.Sc Environmental Science...
The Department welcomes Professor Abel Ramoelo as the Director of the Centre for Environmental Studies (CFES)
Posted on April 01, 2022
Prof. Abel Ramoelo recently joined the University of Pretoria as a Director of the Centre for Environmental Studies, and Associate Professor at the Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology.
Prof. Ramoelo was trained as an environmental scientist with Geospatial skills - remote...
Join Professor Andy Dougill for his talk on “Improving Soil Health through Climate-Smart Agriculture: A key to climate-resilient farming systems in sub-Saharan Africa”.
Posted on March 17, 2022
Join Professor Andy Dougill on Thursday, 24 March 2022 at 3pm-4:30 (SAST) for his talk on Improving Soil Health through Climate-Smart Agriculture: A key to climate-resilient farming systems in sub-Saharan Africa.
Hybrid Event (Venue: 1-2 Geography building, University of Pretoria Hatfield...
Professor Ramoelo gives the keynote address at the Grassland Society of Southern Africa (GSSA)
Posted on September 16, 2021
Professor Abel Ramoelo, the Director for the Centre of Environmental Studies housed at the Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology, University of Pretoria was invited to give a keynote address at the 56th Grassland Society of Southern Africa (GSSA) Congress held virtually from the...
Why UP researchers like rooibos, Nguni cows and 50 000-piece microbial puzzles
Posted on August 20, 2021
Prof Thulani Makhalanyane and Prof Emma Archer say that life found only in Africa, from invisibly tiny microbes to huge mammal herds and our kaleidoscope of plants can give us medicines, technologies and ways to manage climate change.
Celebrating our students during Women's Month and for International Youth Day: Cynthia Mapendere
Posted on August 06, 2021
August is a special month in South Africa. On 9 August we celebrate Women's Day. On 12 August we celebrate International Youth Day. To highlight our young talent during the month of celebrating women, we have decided to showcase a female student from each of our streams during the month of...
Celebrating World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought: Putting human factors at the Centre of restoring degraded lands and forests
Posted on June 15, 2021
The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is celebrated on 17 June and this day aims to not only highlight methods to prevent desertification, but also to encourage the discussion around resilience and recovery from drought. One of the most important aspects of combating desertification...
World Environment Day, 5 June 2021 with a special focus on addressing environmental degradation through Ecosystem Restoration
Posted on June 03, 2021
World Environment Day is celebrated on 5th June. The Department offers undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications focusing on geography, as well as environmental studies, with our Centre for Environmental Studies (CFES) offering course-based Masters, as well as research-based Masters and...
NEW STUDY: Welfare and survival of Africa’s arid mammals under threat of climate change
Posted on February 24, 2021
Dr Ned Snelling, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anatomy and Physiology and Prof Leith Meyer, Director of the Centre for Veterinary Wildlife Studies, both from the Faculty of Veterinary Science have just published a new study on the welfare and survival of Africa’s arid-dwelling...
Sustainability mission: UP Theology and Religion Faculty conference discusses religion and climate change
Posted on November 17, 2019
The effects of global warming are being felt around the world – in fact, Africa may be bearing the brunt of climate change. As one of the most religious continents in the world, can churches play a significant role in the fight against climate change, especially in Africa?
UP Young Leader is a Global Changemaker
Posted on May 19, 2017
Courtney Gehle, a 22-year-old honours student in Environmental and Geographical Sciences at the University of Pretoria, has been selected by the European Commission from a global pool of candidates as one of their 16 Young Leaders for Development 2017.
Tornadoes - powerful, but uncommon in SA
Posted on August 08, 2016
Images and video clips that looked like scenes from the disaster movie Twister were all over social media a few weeks ago when unexpected tornadoes hit the Gauteng province.