6 SANAP Symposium Reflections: Data Management

6 SANAP Symposium Reflections: Data Management

During the 6th Symposium sessions were allocated to cross cutting disciplines and it led to great presentations and discussions. 12- 16 February is International Love Data Week with the theme “My Kind of Data” and this is about the data presentations at the SANAP Symposium  “the SANAP community kind of data.”

Data Management
Anne Treasure(right) South Africa’s representative at Standing Committee on Data Management(SCADM) at SCAR and Data Products and Society Manager of the South African Polar Institute(SAPRI) chaired the main session on data management.  This session included very interesting presentations from various science disciplines.

 

Above(l-r): Leigh McGaughey, JP Barnard, Bjorn Boyes

  • First Presentation was by Leigh McGaughey on “Ecosystem modelling to explore ecosystem dynamics at the Prince Edward Islands.” (abstract)
  • Data management     with JP Barnard delivering a presentation on “Management of Recorded Voyage Data for the SA Agulhas II.”  and discuss intricate models to ensure vessel data is manage correctly. (Abstract)

  • Bjorn Boyes had everyone listening to his talk ” on how to digitally construct sub-Antarctic Marion Island. (Abstract)

On the 30th November more data presentations was given in an ad hoc session chaired by Christel Hansen. Above(l-r): David Hedding, Christel Hansen, Pierre Cilliers

  • David Hedding:  A geospatial database for the sub-Antarctic Prince Edward Islands (Abstract) Read more here and see the dataset 
  • Christel Hansen delivered a presentation on “Consistent mapping and geospatial information representation in the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic: why South Africans should care.” (Abstract)
  • During the last research theme session chaired by Stefan Lotz of SANSA,  Pierre Cilliers delivered a presentation on ” The long-term variation of the geomagnetic field in Antarctica as measured in Hermanus, Maitri and at SANAE-IV since 2007.” (Abstract)  

 

 

 

The Wanderer 2nd issue  – by Marion 80 now available online!

The Wanderer 2nd issue – by Marion 80 now available online!

The 2nd issue of The Wanderer by the Marion80 Overwintering team is now available online. It is a bumper issue with 64 pages to read and to enjoy the amazing photo’s taken by the team members.

Read the editor’s note by Zafar Monier “about the experiences of the people living one of the most extreme lifestyles, unexpected guests, new(born) arrivals, and even some goodbyes” .

Great message by the team leader Sandile Nkebe “Being on Marion Island has taught me to persevere, to be patient and to master the use of “alternatives”.

The Edition includes the visit by the Scientific team to Prince Edward Island.

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In this Issue:

  • Clockwise vs Anti-clockwise by Zafar Monier
  • Roaring winds by Yinhla Shihlomule
  • Ode to the Paddy Counter by Michelle Risi
  • How to Samsara by Michelle Risi
  • There’s always another one by Zafar Monier
  • Natures Midwife by Dylan Seaton
  • Whatever Doesn’t Kill You Makes You a Beachmaster by Tammy Eggeling
  • Gear Maketh Man by Zafar Monier
  • Unexpected Guests by Kelly Mogotsi and Williem Krige
Prince Edward Islands Special Nature Reserve Advisory Committee (“PEIAC”) : Nominations

Prince Edward Islands Special Nature Reserve Advisory Committee (“PEIAC”) : Nominations

The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment is calling for the submission of nominations for the appointment of members to serve on the Prince Edward Islands Special Nature Reserve Advisory Committee (“PEIAC”) for the period 2024 to 2026.

See the full criteria here and Public Notice

Enquiries may be directed to:   
Ms Daisy Kotsedi   
Tel: 021 493 7354  
E-mail: dkotsedi@dffe.gov.za

CLOSING DATE: 19 March 2024

 

 

6SANAP Symposium Reflections: Science Engagement and Awareness

6SANAP Symposium Reflections: Science Engagement and Awareness

During the 6th Symposium sessions were allocated to cross cutting disciplines and it led to great presentations and discussions. 

Science Engagement and Awareness within SANAP

Anché Louw of the South African Polar Institute and co-investigator of the Antarctic Legacy if South Africa chair the session and begin the session with a presentation on the Antarctic Legacy Internet footprint.

She told her story when she started within the SANAP program as an honors student in Botany. she highlight the importance that as researchers we need to communicate our work and create awareness for the science that we participate in.

Sarah Fawcett asked Anché to highlight the possibilities of Wiley publishing and due to an agreement researchers can publish in a huge variety of journals at no cost, and those papers will be fully open access. Similar agreements have recently been negotiated with Springer and Elsevier, so there’s really no reason any of us should be paying for publication. A Leaflet was include in the welcoming package of all participants. Dr. Pete Convey also mentioned the possibilities and opportunities within SCAR where researchers can publish.

 

The session included an e-poster by Ria Olivier of the LSA digital museum. The museum can be downloaded from the ALSA archive

 

 

6 SANAP Symposium Reflections: Cross-Cutting themes 1

6 SANAP Symposium Reflections: Cross-Cutting themes 1

During the 6th Symposium sessions were allocated to cross cutting disciplines and it led to great presentations and discussions. After the governance session on the 2nd day of the symposium a few cross-cutting themes took place. This post focus on:

CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT within SANAP

Prof Isabelle Ansorge of UCT and PI of SEAmester chaired the session on capacity development and she introduce the session with the presentations: “SEAmester 6 Voyages later.”

She outlined the strength of SEAmester is that it combines theoretical classroom learning with the application of this knowledge through ship-based, and more importantly, hands-on research through the Agulhas System Climate Array (ASCA) programme. During past voyages 241 students from 26 universities all over South Africa having participated in these cruises. The presentation showed how successful this programme has been, but also the challenges that have been faced. A few were showcased of what has become of some of the SEAmester students. Isabelle’s presentation was followed by two SEAmester students. Themba Mbalati(above left) a SEAmester student gave a presentation on:” The perceptions of participants on the impact of South Africa’s Class Afloat Program (SEAmester) and its links with travel and tourism.”

Rudzani Silima, the top student for SEAmester in 2019 gave a presentation on the Antarctic Youth Coalition. Rudzi become part of this coalition when she has been nominated the top student. She outlined the aim and mission of the AYC and the importance of attracting new members and challenge the Gateway cities into practicing sustainability, using the model of Antarctic governance for instance, cooperation, diplomacy, science and best of all collaboration between countries to meet a sustainable end.

Sandy Thomalla of SOCCO concluded the session with the presentation:” The SOCCO Trajectory – A brief synopsis of our origin, emergence and strategic direction”.  The presentation gave the impact of SOCCO that continues to make a growing contribution to our understanding of the role that fine-scale dynamics play in shaping the phasing and magnitudes of the seasonal cycle and its inter-annual variability. Phase IV will bring the Ocean Climate science to the south African society.

Please see more posts on Cross-Cutting themes such as infrastructures and data management on the SANAP website!

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