KwaZulu-Natal Bight Sentinel Site - South Africa

Basic Information
Site Name
KwaZulu-Natal Bight Sentinel Site
Short name
KZNBSS
Country
South Africa
Site Manager
Site Description
The KwaZulu-Natal Bight Sentinel Site (KZNBSS) is a coastal observatory situated on the subtropical east coast of South Africa. The KZNBSS forms part of distributed network of sentinel sites for LTER coordinated by the Shallow Marine and Coastal Research Infrastructure (SMCRI) initiative of the Department of Science and Innovation of South Africa. The site is in its deployment phase with the first instruments launched in February 2022. The network comprises 6 Underwater Temperature Recorder Arrays (UTR) deployed offshore and 3 shallow UTRs deployed in permanently submerged rocky shore gullies for the facilitation of shallow water temperature observations. The site encompasses a coastal reach of 150 km that includes the uThukela MPA to the northeast. Deployment of additional instruments (2023-2025) near the City of Durban will include an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) and a METOCEAN Coastal Observation Buoy. A Pelagic Ecosystem LTER Programme will also be established in partnership with regional institutions and existing research projects.
Last modified
2022-11-18 12:11:06

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General Characteristics and Status
Site Status
Operational
Year Established
2022
Observed properties
Photos
Surf anglers

Surf anglers

St Lucia mouth (photo by Ricky Taylor)

St Lucia mouth (photo by Ricky Taylor)

Diver attending to maintenance of an ADCP mooring off Red Sands

Diver attending to maintenance of an ADCP mooring off Red Sands

Temperature mooring deployment off the Bluff south of Durban

Temperature mooring deployment off the Bluff south of Durban

Geographic
Size
292493.00ha
Affiliation and Network Specific Information
Affiliation
SAEON (LTER-SAF-ZA-1)The affiliation of this site with "SAEON" is not verified.
GERIThe affiliation of this site with "GERI" is not verified.
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