The environmental status of the Keiskamma catchment area of South Africa's Eastern Cape province is of vital importance to the Keiskamma River and its associated estuary. Through the use of remote sensing and geographical information systems (GIS) studies, CSIR remote sensing specialists plan to model the land use and cover trends of this area as part of a PhD study. This, in turn, will inform land-use practices to ensure future sustainability.
The quest for national security in a dynamic world demands the accurate processing of intelligence and geographic data into information that can be used to support decisions. While imagery intelligence and text reports are primary sources of data for many users, this information is incomplete unless presented in terms of geospatial relationships. The location, context and activity of a target, as well as terrain and weather considerations, are key factors that influence these relationships.
Planning of vineyard locations and layout in the Robertson wine district will receive a boost through the findings from postgraduate studies by Hadley Remas, a remote sensing specialist at the CSIR Satellite Applications Centre.
Space science and technology are among the most exciting and inspiring disciplines, and are guaranteed to grip the interest and the imagination of young and old. For Johnny Rizos and Tammy Lotz of the CSIR satellite applications centre, whose official duties include a round of public science exhibitions and shows, receiving a positive response from their audience each time is all they need to keep going.
The southwestern region of the Western Cape is an important agricultural and conservation area. Known as the breadbasket of South Africa, this winter rainfall area produces much of the country's wheat requirements and rates as a prime agricultural region. Agriculture employs a sizeable percentage of the province's workforce. Now the Swartland is the subject of CSIR earth observation studies.