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  • Seasonal forecast for March 2021 available

    Posted on March 16, 2021

    The UP model predicts ENSO-neutral conditions for winter and spring. Parts of the central area are predicted to receive above-normal rainfalls for the late summer. There is also a chance that the southwestern Cape may be wet this winter. And with cooler maximum autumn temperatures predicted over...

  • MSc bursary - remote sensing

    Posted on March 05, 2021

    The department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology at the University of Pretoria is collaborating with the CSIR’s Earth Observation Research Group, who has secured funding from the Water Research Commission (WRC) for a project titled: ‘Quantifying the extent and rate of...

  • Young Geomorphologists in southern Africa

    Posted on March 02, 2021

    The International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG) is celebrating #IntGeomorphWeek2021 from 1-7 March. On 3 March between 09:00 and 11:30 join the Southern African Association of Geomorphologists (SAAG), SAAG Fellows Kate Rowntree and Heinz Beckedahl, as well as Renee Grundling, the current...

  • Celebrate International Geomorphology Week 2021

    Posted on March 01, 2021

    The International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG) is celebrating #IntGeomorphWeek2021 from 1-7 March. On 2 March between 09:00 and 13:00 the IAG is celebrating Young Geomorhologists (or Emerging Career Researchers) and their work. Join Mr Barend van der Merwe, a lecturer in our department,...

  • Curiosity and passion for your science is crucial to being a good scientist

    Posted on February 19, 2021

    NAS Featured scientist: Prof Emma Archer Associate Professor in Geography in the Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology

  • Seasonal forecast for February 2021 available

    Posted on February 18, 2021

    The UP model predicts ENSO-neutral conditions for winter. Good news for the already outstanding rainfall received in areas thus far: above-normal rainfalls are expected over large parts of the forecast region for the late summer. And with cooler maximum temperatures predicted over the region, a...

  • New study reveals mechanism for formation and discovery of fairy circles in Kalahari Desert

    Posted on February 05, 2021

    The hundreds of thousands of bare circular patches in the arid grasslands in the Namib Desert, commonly referred to as fairy circles, have puzzled the scientific community for decades. The fairy circles are mostly confined to a narrow strip, about 50 to 100 km inland from the Atlantic Ocean,...

  • Wetlands play a vital role in our daily lives

    Posted on February 02, 2021

    2 February is World Wetlands Day. This year’s theme is Wetlands and Water. The Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Pretoria (UP) also celebrates this day and wants to increase awareness and support for the vital role that wetlands play in our daily lives.

  • Science makes the world a better place

    Posted on January 31, 2021

    NAS Featured scientist: Prof Willem Landman Professor in Meteorology in the Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology

  • Brian Nkala awarded a FES Scholarship to attend the FES New York Fall Academy

    Posted on January 29, 2021

    The Department would like to congratulate Brian Nkala, one of our Masters students, on receiving one of the prestigious Fredrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) New York scholarships to attend their FES New York Fall Academy: “Young Leaders Needed to achieve the SDGs! Brian was selected as one of the...

  • We welcome Samy to our team!

    Posted on January 19, 2021

    We welcome Samy Katumba to our team! As a lecturer, Samy will be teaching GIS/Geoinformatics related courses at undergraduate and honours levels. We asked Samy some questions on his move to our Department. See the answers below! Q: How do you feel about joining us? A: I am excited to join...

  • Latest seasonal forecast (January) available

    Posted on January 14, 2021

    The latest seasonal forecast for January 2021. The UP model predicts weak La Niñ conditions for summer, but ENSO neutral conditions towards autumn. Above normal rainfall outcomes are expected over the larger part of the forecast region during mid and late summer. Cooler maximum...

  • Latest seasonal forecast (December) available

    Posted on December 11, 2020

    The UP model predicts weak to moderate La Niña conditions for summer, but ENSO neutral conditions towards winter. Above Normal rainfall outcomes are expected over the larger part of the forecast region during summer, except over some of the northern parts. Cooler maximum temperatures are likely...

  • Nerhene elected to the SSAG Council

    Posted on November 29, 2020

    Dr Nerhene Davis, a lecturer in our department has been elected to the SSAG Council. The SSAG, or the Society of South African Geographers is the society representing all geographers in South Africa and their main objective is to advance the research and educational activities of all South...

  • Access current weather of Hatfield campus through our Department's weather station!

    Posted on November 26, 2020

    Recently, the Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology obtained a new automatic weather station (AWS). The AWS is mounted on the roof of the Geography Building on the Hatfield Campus. The Davis Vantage Pro2 professional AWS records parameters such as temperature, humidity, wind...

  • Two members of staff promoted to Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer

    Posted on November 25, 2020

    The Department would like to congratulate Liesl Dyson and Francis Wasswa Nsubuga for being promoted to Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer respectively. Liesl has been a meteorologist for nearly 30-years and joined the University of Pretoria in 1997. Focusing on understanding processes and...

  • Lecturer invited as the Regional Focal Point (RFP) for the World Climate Research Program (WCRP) consultation of the African region

    Posted on November 25, 2020

    Dr Thando Ndarana has been awarded the role of the Regional Focal Point (RFP) for the World Climate Research Program (WCRP) consultation of the African region. In this role, Thando will facilitate 'virtual town hall' meetings, to support the WCRP's vision of better engagement with the broader...

  • We welcome two new members to our team!

    Posted on November 19, 2020

    In 2020 we welcomed two new members to our team. Adedayo joined us as a lecturer in the Geoinformatics progamme, whereas Lourens joined us as the Senior Cartographer in our Geospatial Information Services section. Adedayo is a geomatics professional, focusing on remote sensing and GIS...

  • GGY 361 Field Trip: Cullinan Cemetery

    Posted on November 16, 2020

    Students went on a field trip to Cullinan Cemetary to learn about weathering processes occurring on tombstones.

  • Latest seasonal forecast (November) available

    Posted on November 10, 2020

    The UP model predicts weak to moderate La Niña conditions for mid-summer, but ENSO-neutral conditions towards autumn. Favorable rainfall outcomes are expected over the larger part of the forecast region during spring and summer, except over some of the northern parts. Cooler maximum temperatures...

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