Weather data
A large number of automatic weather stations has been implemented in the frame of the BIOTA AFRICA project by the Namibian National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI) and the Group "Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology" (BEE) of the University of Hamburg. The website offers hourly updates of data and graphs of a large number of weather parameters.


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Challenges


Climate change, change of land use, and overexploitation of natural resources are threatening biodiversity.

As the most important negative consequences of the change of biodiversity we observe:
  1. the reduction of agricultural production potential and the related impact on food security
  2. the degradation of the vegetation cover and of soil fertility
  3. the invasion of exotic species
  4. the decline of stabilizing ecosystem functions
  5. the increase of fires
  6. the depletion of the groundwater level and
  7. and the increase of new infectious diseases and other health risks


As the most relevant consequences of these negative effects we identify:
  1. the decline of life quality
  2. the degradation of rural livelihood
  3. the increase of infectious diseases
  4. the increase of environmental refugees
  5. the rural exodus and the acceleration of urbanisation
  6. and the increasing risk of violent conflicts