• Celebrating World Meteorological Day - 23 March 2023

    Posted on March 20, 2023

    World Meteorological Day takes place every year on 23 March. The themes chosen for World Meteorological Day reflect topical weather, climate or water-related issues

  • Seasonal forecast for March 2023 available

    Posted on March 14, 2023

    During the upcoming autumn season, rainfall is predicted to be lower than normal in most areas. However, there is a small part of the winter rainfall region where higher-than-normal rainfall is expected at the beginning of the forecast period. As for the rest of the winter rainfall region,...

  • UP graduate chosen for prestigious Schwarzman Scholarship

    Posted on February 16, 2023

    Courtney Gehle was recently selected as a Schwarzman Scholar and awarded "one of the most prestigious post graduate fellowships in the world". She am the 5th South African to have ever been selected, the 2nd from Tukkies and the only one of both in the 2023/2024 cohort, selected from over 3,000...

  • Seasonal forecast for February 2023 available

    Posted on February 15, 2023

    The seasonal forecast for autumn and early winter 2023 is now available. Please visit to learn more.

  • We welcome Kaera to our team

    Posted on January 18, 2023

    Dr. Kaera Coetzer recently joined the University of Pretoria as Senior Lecturer at the Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology.

  • 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....

  • We welcome Sandra to our team!

    Posted on January 10, 2023

    Please meet Mrs Sandra Wilkinson, Departmental Administrator in the Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology who was appointed in December 2022.

  • NAS Faculty newsletter for December 2022 (third edition) is now available

    Posted on December 13, 2022

    NAS Faculty newsletter for December 2022 is now available

  • Seasonal forecast (December 2022) available

    Posted on December 12, 2022

    There is an enhanced likelihood for above-normal rainfall totals during the coming summer (2022/2023) and autumn (2023) seasons over the larger summer rainfall region. In terms of temperature, there is an enhanced likelihood of cooler than average maximum temperatures (during the mid-summer) in...

  • World GIS Day 2022: Celebrating Honours GIS Projects

    Posted on November 15, 2022

    Inspire the world with GIS – “GIS is a scientific framework for gathering, analyzing, and visualizing geographic data to help us make better decisions” (

  • Seasonal forecast (November 2022) available

    Posted on November 15, 2022

    The UP model predicts moderate to weak La Niña conditions to persist throughout most of the 2022/23 mid-summer season. There is an enhanced likelihood for an above-normal rainfall season during the 2022/23 summer over the larger summer rainfall region. Additionally, there is an enhanced...

  • YouthMappers workshop in Malawi

    Posted on November 09, 2022

    I was honored to be one of 3 students who got selected to attend a workshop in Malawi on 2 September 2022. We were invited to participate in OpenStreetMap (OSM) mapping training with the YouthMappers from the University of Malawi in Zomba. We arrived at Chileka Airport in Blantyre where we...

  • Could green spaces be a crime-fighting tool for South African cities?

    Posted on November 09, 2022

    South Africa is a global crime hotspot. But, as residents put up higher walls to stay safe, a new South African study suggests that greenspaces can be an important tool in creating safe and sustainable cities.

  • Prof Reyers plays instrumental role in UN’s latest Human Development Report

    Posted on November 03, 2022

    Prof Belinda Reyers, Professor of Sustainability Science in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Pretoria, has spent the past three years working with the team behind the UN Human Development Report as a member of their Advisory Group and a member of the...

  • Society of South African Geographers – Gold Medalists 2022

    Posted on October 03, 2022

    The Society of South African Geographers (SSAG) Gold Medal, which is awarded in recognition of meritorious contribution to Geography in Southern Africa, grants honorary lifelong membership of the Society. The SSAG has awarded two Gold Medal Awards, to Dr Clinton van der Merwe and Prof. Serena...

  • NAS Student Administration first to participate in Enterprise Service Management system (online helpdesk project)

    Posted on September 30, 2022

    The Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (NAS) is improving service delivery by being the first faculty at UP to participate in the student administration call centre and service portal project.

  • Exclusive Ageing: Housing for the Elderly in the City of Tshwane

    Posted on September 29, 2022

    The International Day of Older Persons was established on the 1st of October by the United Nations General Assembly in 1990. The global population has seen a significant demographic transition in recent decades. The average life expectancy has increased globally from 46 to 73 years between 1950...

  • 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...

  • Smallholder farmers are aware of climate change, but are still struggling to adapt

    Posted on September 23, 2022

    Smallholder farmers are the most in touch with the earth’s changing climate patterns, and they are the most vulnerable to increased temperatures and reduced rainfall.

  • 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...

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