Standardizing marine data globally and integrating, science, law, policy, economics, culture and society in an effort to support the sustainability of one of our most valuable resources.

Acknowledgement: This research was funded by the South African Research Chairs Initiative through the South African National Department of Science and Innovation/National Research Foundation, by a Community of Practice grant in Ocean Accounts Framework (UID: 125455). The opinions expressed in this website are not necessarily those of the funding bodies.


South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) is a long-term environmental observation and research facility of the National Research Foundation (NRF). SAEON’s three focus areas are environmental observation, data management and education outreach. The Department of Science and Innovation provides core funding for these activities. 

SAEON has a distributed network of seven nodes, two research infrastructure and a national office. The research network covers the major terrestrial and marine ecosystems in South  Africa and supports well over 100 researchers and students, a year.