FogLife is a collaborative, long-term research programme measuring how the fog-dependent biota of the Namib Desert are responding to global change. The Namib Desert is one of six coastal fog deserts in the world bordering on cold currents or oceanic upwelling systems and the only fog desert to contain high sand dunes of any great extent that are influenced by fog. FogLife builds on more than half a century of long-term ecological and climate research at Gobabeb in an effort to understand past, current, and future changes in this region. FogLife monitors the welfare of various sentinel species as indicators of environmental change more broadly. To do this, the FogLife team is updating the literature database of previous research conducted in the Namib to establish baselines of what has been done in the past. The team is also establishing a series of sites across the central Namib, each located at the site of a FogNet climate monitoring station, allowing detailed monitoring of various biota into the future. The programme also incorporates several other ongoing long-term research projects at the station including tenebrionid beetle monitoring and vegetation censuses. FogLife is a highly collaborative project with a myriad of opportunities for researchers from many fields to join and contribute. Researchers in addition to Gobabeb include: University of the Witwatersrand, UNISA, Grinnell College, University of Pretoria and is open for further collaboration.
Click here for proceedings from the First FogLife Colloquium held 11-13 November, 2014.
Click here for proceedings from the Second FogLife Colloquium held 16 - 18 June, 2015.