Monday, October 24, 2011


The Desert Research Foundation of Namibia and the Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism run the Gobabeb Training and Research Station in the heart of the Namib Desert.  We have come here to find out about the state of the this variable environment, and what it might teach the rest of the world about how our climate is changing and how we may adapt to these possible future changes.

Our days and evenings are very full.   Here is a small selection of the still images collected as a photographic journal of the last few days.

Desert Panorama near Rosh Pinah, Namibia

Old trucks in Solitaire, Namibia.  Namibia's roads notoriously eat any vehicles.

The Gobabeb Training and Research Station in the heart of the Namib Desert.

On our way through the Namib-Naukluft National Park in Namibia.

Testing the air as part of the United States' National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration's worldwide
greenhouse gas monitoring program.

Right, Miya Kabajani a third year student at Namibia's polytechnic, works with Christine Grummon from the USA
to make measurements of greenhouse gases.

Working relationships with people from all over the world help young Namibians like Miya Kabajani broaden
their understanding of environmental science.  She walks here with Christine Grummon from the US to inspect fog
harvesters.  Each harvester can condense roughly 1.5 liters of water from each fog event.

Measuring the temperature at the research station.

Renown environmentalist and researcher Mary Seely climbs a dune in the evening outside the research center.

Members of the team join scientists in the dunes around Gobabeb.

The Desert Research Foundation has been studying the Namib desert for more than forty years.

Local communities benefit from the DRFN's work by systems they have set up to assist Namibian farmers with
climate data.

Oom Pieter Bees is one of the oldest community members from the Topnaar community. He feels that the desert
climate has changed from the time he was a young man.

Jeff and Carl at work in the Namib Desert's shifting sands.

Sunset in Namibia.

Local Topnaar communities benefit in different ways from the Gobabeb Training and Research Center.


  1. wow this is amazing! this blog let me feel so close- as if im taking this amazing trip with you!! thank you so much for sharing!