Cathedral Peak Research Catchments - South Africa

Basic Information
Site Name
Cathedral Peak Research Catchments
Short name
CPeak RC
Country
South Africa
Site Description
Cathedral Peak is situated within the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, a relatively pristine environment. The Drakensberg is crucial for water provision in South Africa as it serves as a principal catchment that provides water for the country. A range of research is conducted including meteorology, hydrology, physical and chemical atmospheric science, soil science, vegetation ecology and palaeocology to obtain a holistic understanding of earth systems within this vital catchment region. Satellite sites in the surrounding area are used to assess different land use cover states including degraded sites and sites where restoration programmes are in place to restore ecological infrastructure.
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2020-06-29 10:06:07

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General Characteristics, Purpose, History
Site Status
Operational
Year Established
1935
Purpose
Protected area supporting global change research
History
The Cathedral Peak research catchments were established in 1935 to determine the influence of various management treatments on the vegetation and water yield of the catchments. Monitoring in the catchments was initiated in 1949, and continued to 1994.
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Geographic
Size
450.00ha
Elevation (average)
2141.00msl
Elevation (min)
1820.00msl
Elevation (max)
2463.00msl
Affiliation and Network Specific Information
Affiliation
ILTERThis site is a verified "ILTER" member.
SAEON (LTER-SAF-ZA-14)This site is a verified "SAEON" member.
GERIThis site is a verified "GERI" member.
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