Data from eight meteorological stations in the centraI Namib Desert have been summarised for the period 1976 to 1981. Figures for temperature, humidity, rainfall, fog precipitation and hourly wind speed and direction are given for all stations. Data on evaporation, sunshine, solar radiation and soil temperature are included for Gobabeb only. Using these data a brief descriptionption of the climate of the region and examples of some typical weather conditions are presented.
Avian remains from a Late Holocene shell midden complex dated to between approximately 400 and 260 B.P. are examined. Evidence is presented for human utilisation of the birds as food. Phalacrocorax capensis, Spheniscus demersus and Morus capensis were the most common species taken. Sources of seasonal information indicate that the complex was probably occupied throughout the year. Data show similarity to ethnographic observations on Topnaar Hottentots, antecedents of whom are presumed to have been responsible for the complex
Counts of waders (Charadrii) and other coastal birds are given for the Skeleton Coast: the northern South West African coast and adjacent wetlands between the Kunene River and Cape Cross. A total of 44 305 birds of 64 species was counted in November-December 1981. 13 880 were waders of which Palaearctic migrants formed 90,5%.