The Department of Oceanography, the only one of its kind in sub-Saran Africa, aims to advance our knowledge of all facets of the ocean environment around Africa, and to use this knowledge for the benefit of people everywhere. Emphasis is on the physical environment in the oceans and atmosphere around southern Africa, but the intention is to use this new knowledge to draw conclusions which are globally relevant.
As the only university department of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa, it is the major focus for teaching and research in physical oceanography, atmospheric science and climatology in South Africa and elsewhere in Africa. The Department has Research groupings in sea-going observations, satellite marine remote sensing, coastal oceanography, numerical modelling, marine and coastal meteorology, and climate variability. Future research is expected to pave the way to the science underpinning operational oceanography.