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The freshwater science landscape in South Africa, 1900-2010
Expanded Title:This study set out to record the evolution of aquatic sciences in South Africa since 1900, identify the external driving forces that helped to direct research, pinpoint the individuals and institutions responsible for shaping the ways in which aquatic sciences developed, and determine the extent to which aquatic sciences have contributed to effective management of South Africa’s water resources. This study focussed on inland surface waters, while recognizing the clear and inextricable links between surface waters and atmospheric water, groundwater, estuaries and open oceans – the other parts of a single, indivisible hydrological cycle. The study revealed the clear importance of at least some degree of institutional stability, where people stay in the system long enough to develop a sense of shared responsibility and proud ownership of outcomes. It is evident that the number of aquatic scientists that conduct active research in South Africa continues to decline and the post-1990 period has not delivered sufficient new talent to meet the needs of a country where “Limnology, as the science which, with hydrology, underpins effective water resource management, should be amongst the most carefully nurtured of all South African scientific enterprises” (Williams, 1989). This is partly a reflection of a global decline in the field of limnology.
Date Published:01/08/2012
Document Type:Research Report
Document Subjects:Ecosystem - Biodiversity protection
Document Keywords:Education
Document Format:Report
Document File Type:pdf
Research Report Type:Technical
WRC Report No:TT 530/12
ISBN No:978-1-4312-0280-5
Authors:Ashton PJ; Roux DJ; Breen CM; Day JA; Mitchell SA; Seaman MT; Silberbauer M
Project No:K8/852
Originator:WRC
Organizations:CSIR Natural Resources and the Environment; SANParks; Charles Breen and Associates; University of Cape Town Freshwater Research Unit; Water Research Commision funded Consultancy; University of the Free State; Department of Water Affairs
Document Size:1 634 KB
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