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The external links provided, for training, are for information purposes only, with policies, content and subsequent links outside the control of the South African Weather Service and used at your own discretion.


Africa Check -- accurate, independent, verification of Africa continent information, and tips on how to fact-check

Africa Scientists Directory -- Connecting African Scientists Globally

African Citation Index -- To create awareness of science in Africa and to stimulate a greater demand for African science

African Journal Archive -- retrospective open access journal service that preserves and makes available African journal literature dating as far back as 1906

African Union (AU) Common Repository -- Acquires, processes & preserves materials of enduring value to the AU

Climate Attribution Database (Sabin Center for Climate Change Law|Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory) -- thematically organized repository of scientific information relevant to climate litigation and policy-making

Climate Change Knowledge Portal -- For climate-related information, data, and tools

Connecting-Africa -- A gateway to African research information and materials produced worldwide

Cost (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) -- Search current and past COST operation networks (COST actions). e.g. meteorology, radar worldwide

Digital Earth Africa (DE) --Provides open, free and accessible Earth observation data on a continental scale, empowering decision makers across Africa to take country-led climate action.

Dimensions-- freely available for personal non-commercial use, discover key research, how it’s used, who funded it, and links to researchers and funders

EUMETSAT Image Gallery-- real-time imagery, monitoring weather and climate from space

Future Climate for Africa-- provides opportunities to generate new climate science focused on Africa, that has an impact on human development across the continent

Global Science Gateway -- search national and international scientific databases and portals

Google Dataset Search -- to find datasets wherever they are hosted, e.g. type in search box: temperature AND "south africa"

Google Earth -- for satellite imagery, topography, geographic data representing the Earth as a three-dimensional globe

Google Scholar-- Helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research

Guide to Africa in the Internet -- free, research-oriented online resources selected by the Nordic Africa Institute library

Hathitrust Digital Library -- One of the world’s largest digital libraries, preserving human knowledge

International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) -- publications for the international promotion and coordination of scientific studies of Earth (physical, chemical and mathematical) and its environment in space

Internet Archive: Wayback Machine -- to find deleted websites, and visit archived versions of websites

The Lens -- Free & Open Patent and Scholarly Search

Open Knowledge Maps -- Get a visual overview of the world’s scientific knowledge, find papers, identify relevant concepts

openAfrica -- repository of open data on the African continent

OpenAIRE -- an open scholarly e-infrastructure, in support of open science, for discovery of open linked research

ORCiD -- connecting research and researchers, with a free unique persistent identifier for individuals -- provides access to publicly searchable journal literature

Semantic Scholar -- Helping scholars discover new insights; free, AI-driven search and discovery tools, and open resources for the global research community

South Africa Data Portal -- search for data, statistics and visualisations

The South African SDG Hub -- a meta database that makes SDG relevant research, from South African and selected non-South Africa universities, available to decision makers

UN Biodiversity Lab -- for global spatial data to generate insight and impact for conservation and sustainable development

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) Terminology -- online glossary of basic definitions to promote understanding on the subject of DRR

United Nations Terminology Database -- a multilingual terminology database, including meteorological related terms

Water Research Commission (South Africa) -- search the Knowledge Hub contents and other resources

weADAPT -- Collaborative platform for climate change adaptation. Find the latest knowledge, share your work and connect with others working on similar issues.

WorldCat-- The world's largest library catalogue, helping you find library materials online


AMS Meteorological Glossary -- a peer-reviewed and authoritative source for definitions of meteorological terms

BAMS State of the Climate report -- annual summary of the global climate system, supplementary to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS)

A Climate change reference atlas (2017) -- includes South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland, and also the southern parts of Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique

South African risk and vulnerability atlas, 2nd ed. (2017)-- understanding the social and environmental implications of global change

WMO International cloud atlas

WMO Publications and Resources-- for recently released, periodical and outreach publications

World Weather Records (WWR)

-- Published since 1927, WWR include monthly mean values of pressure, temperature, precipitation, and where available, station metadata notes documenting observation practices and station configurations. Data were supplied by National Meteorological Services as members of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The first issue included data from 1755-1950, with subsequent data periods for 1921-30 (2nd Series), 1931-40 (3rd Series), 1941-50 (4th Series), 1951-60 (5th Series), 1961-70 (6th Series), 1971-80 (7th Series), 1981-90 (8th Series), and 1991-2000 (9th Series), and 2001-2011 (10th Series). New elements have been included in the 11th Series, and to limit the waiting period for new records it is updated yearly, extending into the whole decade.


National Met. & Hydromet Services

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)


Deutscher Wetterdienst National Meteorolgical Library-- the largest specialist library for meteorology in Germany and one of the largest and oldest in Europe

ECMWF eLibrary-- Search e-documents (free full-text) of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts

KNMI Various Publications -- links provided to various Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut publications

NCAR Library-- National Center for Atmospheric Research

NOAA Educational Resources-- Find online educational resources at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (U.S.)

UK Metoffice. National Met. Library -- search the online catalogue and digital library and archive

South African Weather Service Library -- Search SAWS Library & beyond through WorldCat Discovery

WMO eLibrary-- Search e-documents (mostly free full-text) from the World Meteorological Organization, and other organizations, on meteorology or relevant fields


European Meteorological Society

International Forum of Meteorological Societies

Meteorological Society of New Zealand

RMetS-- Royal Meteorological Society


7 Habits of Highly Effective Open Access Research Communicators

BASE search engine provides more than 100 million documents from more than 5000 sources. Access the full texts of about 60% of the indexed documents for free

CORE-- Search millions of open access articles, seamlessly and across repositories worldwide

Directory of Open Access Books

Directory of Open Access Journals

Heritage Collections:

Antarctic Legacy of South Africa Archive -- preserves the human history of the expeditions and South Africa’s presence in the Southern Ocean

Biodiversity Heritage Library-- Search across biodiversity literature openly available to the world as part of a global diversity community

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) -- free publications

OAIster-- for digital resources from open-archive collections worldwide

OAPEN-- Online Library and publication platform, working with publishers to build a quality-controlled collection of open access books

OpenDoar-- find repositories with free access to research, theses, e-books, articles; search across the repositories using CORE

Open Access Button -- Enter the article URL, DOI, article title or other identifier, and ask Open Access Button to retrieve Open Access versions of an article. Also add the button to your browser toolbar for quick access. Each researcher should have the button on their browser toolbar

Open Data Cube(ODC) -- open source geospatial data management and analysis software project as aid in harnessing the power of satellite data

Pangaea Data Repository-- Open Access library for archiving, publishing and distributing georeferenced data from earth system research

Plagiarism Detection Tools-- free plagiarism checking tools to not be a copycat

R-- Free tutorials for learning R (free software environment for statistical computing and graphics; compiles and runs on a wide variety of UNIX platforms, Windows and MacOS

SABINET e-journals-- A comprehensive, searchable collection of full-text African electronic journals available on one platform

SciELO Books Network -- A collection of open access academic books

SciELO (South Africa) Scientific Electronic Library Online -- free to access Journal articles

Science in Africa


Alison -- free online self-paced courses for the workplace in South Africa

ArcGIS Blog -- solving problems through Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

ArcGIS Developer Labs -- for students in programming-related courses

ArcGIS Documentation -- lots of tutorials depending on technology focus, Analytics case studies , many with accompanying StoryMap, data, Surveys to gather information about a topic and guided workflows, for example.

ArcGIS Lessons -- a collection of short and focused lessons; with the option of Paths

Aviation Meteorology Training (WMO) -- training & guidance material from across the World

Climandes – free online course on climate science, from introduction to climatology, atmospheric and ocean circulation, climate forcings, climate observations and data to working with data products and climate models

Climate Services Training - TOPaCS -- free online courses as per WMO Competencies Framework for Climate Services Providers

Edutraining with Google tools -- Free online training for the classroom using Google tools

edx -- Open source learning platform with a range of courses, which may be subject to payment for certification (Example: Computer science C# Python Meteorology)

Electronic Design resources -- website, learning & article resources in electronic technology

Esri Training -- search web courses in location technology and explore learning plans

Esri Video channel -- see the World with ESRI location technology

FOSTER Open Science -- Free courses about Open Science and resources for implementation in daily workflows

Google Digital Skills for Africa -- Free online learning courses, about Data & Tech, Digital marketing and Career development

LinkedIn Learning Resources Articles -- learning on how to grow your skills through LinkeIn's Learning Blog

MANTRA for Researchers -- free online course for those who manage digital data as part of their research project

MetEd -- Free collection of online training resources (e.g. in aviation weather, climate, hydrology, NWP, Satellite meteorology)

OceanTeacher Global Academy-- eLearning Platform with access to selected courses on coastal & marine sciences, services & management, with activation of free OTGA account

OER Africa -- open educational resources (OER) initiatives and repositories in African higher education

Open Science MOOC -- Free Open Learning

Open Educational Resources (OER) Commons

Open Textbook Library -- May be freely used, adapted and distributed

Science Spaza -- Free resources for teaching/learning science at school (South African curriculum) through fun activities, tips & tools

UDACITY -- online self-paced courses, including a selection of free courses for different skills levels

WMO Global Campus -- Searchable collection of educational resources from WMO and others

WMO Trainer Resources Portal – mostly open educational resources for trainers in meteorology


Open Educational Resources (OER): an open course for anyone , no login required
Learn about what they are, their value in the education process, where to find them, and what open licenses are


Module 1: Scholarly Communications

Module 2: Concepts of Openness and Open Access

Module 3: Intellectual Property Rights

Module 4: Research Evaluation Metrics

Module 5: Sharing Your Work in Open Access

GOOGLE Translate Web- to translate web pages to and from more than 20 languages