• Description and validation of some European forest syntaxa – a supplement to the EuroVegChecklist 

      Willner, Wolfgang; Solomeshch, Ayzik; Carni, Andraz; Bergmeier, Erwin; Ermakov, Nikolai; Mucina, Ladislav (De Gruyter Open, 2016)
      In this paper we present nomenclatural adjustments and validations of syntaxa of the forest vegetation of Europe. We introduce a new, valid name of the class of nemoral coniferous or mixed forests (Asaro europaei-Abietetea ...
    • Developing the Environmental Long-Term Observatories Network of Southern Africa (ELTOSA) 

      Henschel, Joh; Pauw, Johan; Banyikwa, Feetham; Brito, Rui; Chabwela, Harry; Palmer, Tony; Ringrose, Sue; Santos, Luisa; Sitoe, Almeida; Van Jaarsveld, Albert (Academy of Science for South Africa, 2003)
      LONG-TERM ECOLOGICAL RESEARCH (LTER) facilitates the understanding of long-term environmental processes and episodic changes at local to global scales. The Environmental Long-Term Observatories Network of Southern Africa ...
    • Development of a composite soil degradation assessment index for cocoa agroecosystems in southwestern Nigeria 

      Adeniyi, Sunday Adenrele; De Clercq, Willem Petrus; Van Niekerk, Adriaan (European Geosciences Union, 2017-08-09)
      Cocoa agroecosystems are a major land-use type in the tropical rainforest belt of West Africa, reportedly associated with several ecological changes, including soil degradation. This study aims to develop a composite soil ...
    • Disentangling vegetation diversity from climate–energy and habitat heterogeneity for explaining animal geographic patterns 

      Jimenez-Alfaro, Borja; Chytry, Milan; Mucina, Ladislav; Grace, James B.; Rejmanek, Marcel (Wiley Open Access, 2016)
      Broad-scale animal diversity patterns have been traditionally explained by hypotheses focused on climate–energy and habitat heterogeneity, without con- sidering the direct influence of vegetation structure and composition. ...
    • The Drabo corymbosae-Papaveretea dahliani − a new vegetation class of the High Arctic polar desert 

      Daniels, Fred J. A.; Elvebakk, Arve; Matveyeva, Nadezhda V.; Mucina, Ladislav (De Gruyter Open, 2016)
      A new class and a new order (Drabo corymbosae-Papaveretea dahliani and Saxifrago oppositifoliae-Papaveretalia dahliani) have been described, and the Papaverion dahliani validated. This is vegetation of zonal habitats in ...
    • Evaluation of satellite-derived burned area products for the fynbos, a Mediterranean shrubland 

      De Klerk, Helen Margaret; Wilson, Adam M.; Steenkamp, Karen (CSIRO Publishing, 2011-10-17)
      Fire is a critical ecological process in the fynbos of the south-western area of South Africa, as it is for all dwarf Mediterranean shrublands. We evaluated the potential of current publicly available MODIS burned area ...
    • Everyday hazards and vulnerabilities amongst backyard dwellers : a case study of Vredendal North, Matzikama Municipality, South Africa 

      Zweig, Patricia J. (AOSIS Publishing, 2015-11)
      The populations of many small towns in South Africa continue to expand unmatched by parallel economic growth, entrenching high levels of poverty. The town of Vredendal, located close to the national route between Namibia ...
    • Extreme 1-day rainfall distributions : analysing change in the Western Cape 

      De Waal, Jan H.; Chapman, Arthur; Kemp, Jaco (Academy of Science of South Africa, 2017)
      Severe floods in the Western Cape Province of South Africa have caused significant damage to property and infrastructure over the past decade (2003–2014). The hydrological design criteria for exposed structures and design ...
    • Fire and life history affect the distribution of plant species in a biodiversity hotspot 

      Magadzire, Nyasha; De Klerk, Helen M.; Esler, Karen J.; Slingsby, Jasper A. (Wiley, 2019)
      Aim: Species distribution models (SDMs) provide valuable insights into species–environment relationships and potential climate change impacts on diversity. Most SDMs do not account for the role of natural disturbance ...
    • Fire‑mediated disruptive selection can explain the reseeder–resprouter dichotomy in Mediterranean‑type vegetation 

      Altwegg, Res; De Klerk, Helen Margaret; Midgley, Guy F. (Springer, 2014)
      Crown fire is a key selective pressure in Mediterranean-type plant communities. Adaptive responses to fire regimes involve trade-offs between investment for persistence (fire survival and resprouting) and reproduction (fire ...
    • Food for body and soul : tourism development opportunities in the Western Cape 

      Van der Merwe, Johannes (SUN MeDIA, 2013)
      This article applies spatial multiple criteria evaluation (MCE) by weighted linear combination of factor layers in a computerised geographical information system (GIS) to aid development of spatial policy and planning of ...
    • Framing the concept of satellite remote sensing essential biodiversity variables : challenges and future directions 

      Pettorelli, Nathalie; Wegmann, Martin; Skidmore, Andrew; Mucher, Sander; Dawson, Terence P.; Fernandez, Miguel; Lucas, Richard; Schaepman, Michael E.; Wang, Tiejun; O’Connor, Brian; Jongman, Robert H. G.; Kempeneers, Pieter; Sonnenschein, Ruth; Leidner, Allison K.; Bohm, Monika; He, Kate S.; Nagendra, Harini; Dubois, Gregoire; Fatoyinbo, Temilola; Hansen, Matthew C.; Paganini, Marc; De Klerk, Helen Margaret; Asner, Gregory P.; Kerr, Jeremy T.; Estes, Anna B.; Schmeller, Dirk S.; Heiden, Uta; Rocchini, Duccio; Pereira, Henrique M.; Turak, Eren; Fernandez, Nestor; Lausch, Angela; Cho, Moses A.; Alcaraz-Segura, Domingo; McGeoch, Melodie A.; Turner, Woody; Mueller, Andreas; St-Louis, Veronique; Penner, Johannes; Vihervaara, Petteri; Belward, Alan; Reyers, Belinda; Geller, Gary N. (John Wiley & Sons Ltd., 2016-03)
      Although satellite-based variables have for long been expected to be key components to a unified and global biodiversity monitoring strategy, a definitive and agreed list of these variables still remains elusive. The growth ...
    • Free satellite data key to conservation 

      Buchanan, G. M.; Beresford, A. E.; Hebblewhite, M.; Escobedo, F. J.; De Klerk, H. M.; Donald, P. F.; Escribano, P.; Koh, L. P.; Martínez-Lopez, J.; Pettorelli, N.; Skidmore, A. K.; Szantoi, Z.; Tabor, K.; Wegmann, M.; Wich, S. (American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2018-07)
      INTRODUCTION: Biodiversity is in crisis, with extinction rates orders of magnitude higher than background levels (1). Underfunded conservationists need to target their limited resources effectively. Over the past ...
    • Future land cover change scenarios in South African grasslands - implications of altered biophysical drivers on land management 

      Gibson, Lesley; Meunch, Zahn; Palmer, Anthony; Mantel, Sukhmani (Elsevier, 2018)
      Future land cover changes may result in adjustments to biophysical drivers impacting on net ecosystem carbon exchange (NEE), catchment water use through evapotranspiration (ET), and the surface energy balance through a ...
    • Game, fences and motor vehicle accidents : spatial patterns in the Eastern Cape 

      Eloff, P. J.; Van Niekerk, Adriaan (South African Wildlife Management Association, 2005-10)
      In South Africa, very little research on motor vehicle accidents involving animals has been done. Transport networks expand while traffic volumes and speed increases. Animals entering the road reserve pose dangers to ...
    • Gaps in the protected area network for threatened Afrotropical birds 

      De Klerk, Helen Margaret; Fjeldsa, J.; Blyth, S.; Burgess, N. D. (Elsevier, 2004)
      Protected areas established for wildlife conservation (IUCN category I–VI protected areas) or for forest and watershed conservation (forest reserves) across mainland sub-Saharan Africa have high biodiversity values. However, ...
    • Gated developments : international experiences and the South African context 

      Spocter, Manfred (SUN MeDIA Bloemfontein, 2012)
      Gated developments, more commonly known as gated communities, have become a feature of urban living throughout the world. Gated developments in South African cities are an ubiquitous feature of the contemporary urban ...
    • Geo-information pyramids for up-to-date and flexible conservation plans : a case study for Transfrontier Conservation Areas 

      Smith, Nadia; De Klerk, Helen Margaret (OpenJournals Publishing, 2007)
      The initiative to link habitat and parks across political borders, to form large Transfrontier Conservation Areas (TFCAs), has gained momentum in Africa and the world. TFCAs hold many advantages, one of them being the ...
    • Die groot avontuur – wondere van lewe op aarde 

      Barnard, Barnie (AOSIS OpenJournal, 2007)
      Leon Rousseau se Die groot avontuur is ’n populêre wetenskap oor die geskiedenis van lewe op aarde. Populêr-wetenskaplike tekste stel hoë eise aan die skrywer: aktualiteit, toeganklikheid van aanbieding, ’n getroue ...
    • Growth potential study 2014 

      Van Niekerk, Adriaan; Du Plessis, Danie; Spocter, Manfred; Ferreira, Sanette; Dondaldson, Ronnie; Loots, Lieb; Boonzaaier, Ilze; Janeke, Dudley; Terhoven, Quinton (Western Cape Government, 2014-03)
      This study determined the growth potential and socio-economic needs of settlements in the Western Cape outside of the Cape Town metropolitan area using quantitative data (e.g. factors relating to socio-economic, economic, ...