• Seasonal forecast for February 2022 available

    Posted on February 15, 2022

    The UP February Seasonal Forecast Worx predicts, in agreement with other models, a transition into ENSO-neutral conditions during winter. There are enhanced probabilities for wet conditions over the larger summer rainfall region during late summer going into autumn. In contrast, the SW Cape is...

  • NRF Y2 rating for Dr Victoria Rautenbach

    Posted on February 03, 2022

    Victoria Rautenbach received a Y2 rating in Information Technology with a specialization in User experience, open-source for geospatial software, open data and community engagement in higher education.

  • Tropical Storm Ana

    Posted on February 02, 2022

    Hear Professor Dyson speak about tropical storm Ana, which affected Madagascar and Mozambique during January. Access the video at

  • We welcome Rebecca to our team

    Posted on January 28, 2022

    Prof. Rebecca Garland recently joined the University of Pretoria as an Associate Professor at the Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology. She is an NRF-rated researcher with over 20 years’ experience in research in the atmospheric science, atmospheric biogeochemistry,...

  • New NRF rating for Dr Thando Ndarana

    Posted on January 24, 2022

    Dr. Thando Ndarana, a senior lecturer in dynamic meteorology in GGM, NAS, received a C1 rating from the NRF. His main research interests are using basic dynamic meteorology concepts such as wave activity, energetics and potential vorticity to understand the underlying dynamical processes that...

  • Seasonal forecast for January 2022 available

    Posted on January 18, 2022

    The January Seasonal Forecast Worx predicts weak La Niña conditions during summer, with ENSO-neutral conditions after that. The probability of above normal rainfall totals across the region during the second half of the summer season has decreased considerably from last month’s forecast....

  • Seasonal forecast for December 2021 available

    Posted on December 17, 2021

    The December Seasonal Forecast Worx predicts weak La Nina conditions during summer, with ENSO-neutral conditions after that. Rain also looks favourable. There are predominantly above-normal rains expected over the larger part of the forecast region, except over the northwest and northeast where...

  • New NRF ratings for three of our staff members

    Posted on November 21, 2021

    Three of our staff members were recently awarded an improved NRF rating. Prof Abel Ramoelo is a director for the Centre of Environmental Studies and associate professor in the Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. He received a C2...

  • World GIS Day 2021

    Posted on November 16, 2021

    On 17 November 2021, people across the globe are celebrating World GIS day. "This is not just an event. It's a global movement. This day brings universities, government agencies, schools, nonprofits, and GIS professionals together to build knowledge of GIS in their communities and create...

  • Seasonal forecast for November 2021 available

    Posted on November 16, 2021

    The November Seasonal Forecast Worx predicts that predominantly favourable rains are expected over the larger part of the forecast region, except for the Southwestern and Southern Cape, and the northwest and northeast of the SADC region at first. The forecasts further predict that cooler than...

  • GGY780 Field Trip to Johannesburg and Soweto

    Posted on November 11, 2021

    On the 27th of October 2021, Dr JJ Gregory and Prof Nico Kotze led a group of honours students on a field trip to the inner-city of Johannesburg and Soweto. The first part of this tour focused on urban regeneration in the inner-city of Johannesburg. The second part of this tour focused on urban...

  • GMA 705: In-door training on the Analytical Spectral Device (ASD) spectrometer for acquisition of hyperspectral reflectance measurements

    Posted on November 11, 2021

    Two guests from the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) invited by Dr. Philemon Tsele, visited the department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology (GGM) on 6 November 2021 to carry out in-door training on the Analytical Spectral Device (ASD) spectrometer for the GMA 705 (Advanced remote...

  • GGM Mini-Conference: Program available

    Posted on November 11, 2021

    The program to our annual GGM mini-conference is now available! Access it at

  • Join us for our 2021 GGM mini-conference

    Posted on October 29, 2021

    Please join us for our 2021 GGM Department Mini-Conference. The conference is held annually to showcase our postgraduate students' work and will be held on 12 November (venue TBC). It is also accredited with the SAGC for CPD credits (SAGC CPD UNI 788). To RSVP by 4 November please fill out this...

  • GGY 361 field trip to Lebenya Farm near Swartruggens, North West Province

    Posted on October 26, 2021

    On the 23rd of October Dr Natalie Haussmann led a number of GGY 361 students on a field trip to Lebenya Farm near Swartruggens, in the North West province. During the field trip, students had to think through research questions and sampling designs and subsequently set up camera traps to monitor...

  • Greening cities for reducing crime rates

    Posted on October 20, 2021

    Having access to nature, and access to green spaces has multiple benefits. A recent multi-author study indicates that violent crime reduces when a city becomes greener, i.e. has more open spaces (parks, nature reserves, green belts, etc.). The author team, led by Michigan State University's...

  • World Food Day 2021

    Posted on October 15, 2021

    World Food Day, 16 October 2021 World Food Day: “Celebrating efforts to strengthen local food systems for displaced and host communities” ( The World Food Day was proclaimed in 1979 by the United Nations. The purpose is to increase public awareness regarding...

  • 2021 GGY 789 Field Trip

    Posted on October 15, 2021

    The 2021 GGY 789 field trip, led by Dr. Natalie Haussmann and Prof. Greg Breetzke, took place from 7 to 10 October at Florisbad, in the Free State. Twelve of the BSc Geography Honours students and four of the GIS Honours students attended. Activities included mouse trapping, bat netting and...

  • Seasonal forecast for October 2021 available

    Posted on October 12, 2021

    The tailored forecasts are in agreement with the rainfall forecasts for southern Africa. An increase in farm rainfall and yield is likely along with an increase in malaria occurrences over Limpopo and an increased inflow into Lake Kariba. The low Vaal Dam downstream flow forecast may be the...

  • Three GGM tutors present at international conference

    Posted on October 01, 2021

    Three of the Department's tutors presented at the international CALMet conference on the 28th of September 2021. The title of the presentation is An exploratory study to understand tutor experiences of online learning during COVID-19: A Geography Geoinformatics and Meteorology perspective. Brian...

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