SANSA, Southern Mapping Company Spectrometer Training

Spectrometer1The South African National Space Agency's (SANSA) Earth Observation directorate collaboratively hosted a Spectrometer training together with Southern Mapping Company – the Spectral Evolution instruments' African partner – on 11 February 2013 at Hartebeesthoek.

Both SANSA and Southern Mapping Company have recently acquired their own Spectral Evolution field spectrometers. A Spectral Evolution consultant was in the country to attend a conference and offered to use this opportunity to hold a training course on their spectrometers. In consultation with Spectral Evolution, the training course offer was extended to a broad audience of earth observation data users.

North West Upgrade Informal Settlement Programme Managers workshop

NW housingThe North West Provincial Government (NWPG) has been working with SANSA (CSIR's Satellite Application Centre at the time) since 2007. The main objective of the project is to collaboratively develop an informal settlements database used during the Upgrade Informal Settlement Programme (UISP). In November 2012, the Housing Delivery division approached SANSA to assist the verification of investment made in the development of Low Cost Housing units, in specific areas of interest. The process involves the use of remote sensing technology to generate information to be used in producing reports on how much, and where the housing budget is spent. At present, SANSA Earth Observation is using the latest high to very-high resolution remote sensing data to generate the required information.

SANSA’s excursion to various Japanese Earth Observation institutions

NICT1Representatives from SANSA's directorates undertook a trip to a number of Japanese Earth Observation institutes from the 8- 13 October 2012. These institutes include the National Institute of Information and Communication Technology (NICT), the Remote Sensing Technology Centre of Japan (RESTEC), Japan Space Systems and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

The aim of the visit was to establish collaborations in Earth Observation between Japan and South Africa through SANSA. This outcome is significant for SANSA since it clearly indicates that the prospective partnerships with Japanese institutions are strongly endorsed by the governments of Japan and South Africa.

The South African Weather Service visits SANSA’s ground station

1On the 17 October 2012, the South African Weather Service (SAWS) held their company MANCO meeting at the SANSA ground station. The representatives were met by Dr Jane Olwoch, Managing Director at SANSA Earth Observation, who introduced the group to earth observation and remote sensing data. South African Weather Service members were treated to a tour of the facility upon completion of their meeting to conclude their visit.

Currently, SANSA Earth Observation data is received by more than 60 national, provincial and municipal government departments in addition to research and Higher Institutions of learning in South Africa. The visit by SAWS Management Committee is a stepping-stone to many more collaborations anticipated from the two institutions. In-situ weather information combined with satellite information presents a resource that is key to understanding our weather and climate system.

UNISA Geography Honours students visit SANSA

1Organised annually as part of the exposure for the Honours students, Proffesor Maarten Jordaan of UNISA's Geography department has been organising visits to Hartebeesthoek for the last five years. In 2012, owing to the large size of the group of 80, SANSA decided to split the group into two equal groups of 40 Honours students each. The first group visited on SANSA on the 10 October 2012 and was received by Johnny Rizos of the SANSA Earth Observation directorate.

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