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Transforming, consolidating & strengthening

MARINE &
POLAR RESEARCH

The ultimate objective of SAPRI is to enable balanced research growth across the marine and polar disciplines, and to maintain and further expand the world-class long-term observational datasets already established.

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ABOUT SAPRI

The South African Polar Research Infrastructure (SAPRI) is one of 13 large Research Infrastructures (RIs) developed by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) as part of the South African Research Infrastructure Roadmap (SARIR).

The SAPRI was established in 2021 to ensure coordination of South African marine and Antarctic research as a national Big Science programme, providing seamless access to existing and new research infrastructure required to develop and enhance long-term observations of South Africa’s polar region.

About SAPRI

The SAPRI is designed as a consortium hosted at the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) and is divided into four Integrated Facilities (IFs):

Data, Products & Society (DPS)

Bringing together the SAPRI Data Centre, the various types of generated data and downstream products, including modelling and the societal outreach programme.

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Long-term Observations on Land (LTO-Land)

Ensuring the continuity of the established long-term observation networks in three different regions: the Prince Edward Island system (Marion and Prince Edward Islands), Gough Island; and, the Dronning Maud Land (DML) section of Antarctica where the South African Expedition Station (SANAE IV) is located.

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Long-term Observations of the Ocean (LTO-Ocean)

Ensuring the continuity of the established long-term observation networks in the oceans surrounding South Africa, including the Southern Ocean, the South-West Indian Ocean, and the South Atlantic Ocean.

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Polar Lab

Establishment of the first sub-zero, temperature-controlled laboratory in Africa, for the simulation of the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic environment for experimental and training purposes. This innovation will bring new opportunities for polar research in Africa.

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