Remote Sensing Workshop to KZN COGTA


SANSA conducted a two day training workshop on "Introduction to Remote Sensing" at the Durban offices of the KwaZulu Natal Cooperative Governance Traditional Affairs (COGTA) on the 20-21 October 2016.

The workshop was attended by eighteen participants from Durban and Pietermaritzburg COGTA offices. The workshop was part of SANSA's initiative to build capacity and develop geo-informatics and remote sensing skills within Government departments.

The COGTA informatics department is one of the recipients of the annual national SPOT imagery mosaic product developed by SANSA. The knowledge acquired at the workshop will help the participants to make the most of satellite data in addition to the widely used backdrop application.


Natural Wonders of South Africa 4 – Blyde River Canyon

SPOT6 image acquired 2015-04-30 showing the Blyde River Canyon, South Africa’s only true canyon. The canyon follows the Blyde River as it cuts through the massive escarpment and plummets over 1000-metres from the highlands of the Drakensberg to the Lowveld below. The dramatic landscape draws countless visitors each year.

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Produced at SANSA Earth Observation. SPOT 6 Copyright © 2013. All rights reserved.

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Natural Wonders of South Africa 3 – Paarl Rock

SPOT-6 satellite image of Paarl Rock acquired 2015-04-26. The two domes observed were formed about 600 million years ago, embedded in a mass of rock that gradually eroded away, leaving the tops of the boulders exposed. One hundred and fifty million years later, the surface was covered over by sedimentary rock. Gradual weathering led to the two rounded boulders being exposed. The natural phenomena today distinguishes the town of Paarl at the foot of the mountain.

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Produced at SANSA Earth Observation. SPOT 6 Copyright © 2013. All rights reserved.

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Natural Wonders of South Africa 2 – Langebaan Lagoon

 Langebaan Lagoon was formed by the rising and falling of sea levels during pre-historic times. Unlike most lagoons which form at a point where fresh water rivers enter the sea, Langebaan Lagoon is purely a salt water lagoon. It extends in a finger of water away from Saldanha Bay, its 16 Km’s controlled by tidal currents, tailing off into salt marshes and a cluster of salt pans, rich with water bird life. Saldaha Bay is home to West Coast Fossil Park, and the most prolific source of late tertiary vertebrate fossils in the world.

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Natural Wonders of South Africa 1 – Fynbos

The Fynbos ecoregion belt of natural shrubland and heathland vegetation located in the Western Cape is a well-known for its exceptional degree of biodiversity and endemism, consisting of about 80% (8,500 fynbos) species of the Cape floral kingdom where nearly 6,000 of them are endemic.

The Landsat 8 image acquired 2016-08-04 shows a 432 natural colour composite (R: Red, G: Green, B: Blue) and 562 false colour composite (R: Near Infrared, G: Shortwave Infrared 1, B: Blue). The 562 false colour composite depicts healthy vegetation as red, water in shades of black and blue, snow in shades of pink and purple, and Fynbos in shades of green and brown.

Image credits: Produced at SANSA Earth Observation. Landsat imagery courtesy of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and U.S. Geological Survey.

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