Geospatial-based climate adaptation guide

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has released the Green Book in March 2019, an online climate risk profiling and adaptation tool based on peer-reviewed climate models. It offers policy makers a guide to adapt and implement climate change actions. The tool takes a multi-sector approach and has a strong geospatial planning component […]

Gallery: SAGI AGM, 5 April 2019

The South African Geomatics Insitute (SAGI) held its annual general meeting on 5 April 2019 at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) in Pretoria.  

Take note: GPS week number rollover on 6 April 2019

Global Positioning System (GPS) users and those who use systems relying on GPS should be aware of the upcoming GPS week number rollover which will occur on 6 April 2019 at 23:59:42 UTC, during which the GPS week counter will reset to zero. GPS uses a week counter to calculate date. This value is encoded […]

Agreement towards publicly available seafloor maps

The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project and the Five Deeps Expedition have signed an agreement which lays the groundwork for previously unexplored areas of the seafloor to be mapped and the resulting data made available for public use. Signed at the headquarters of the International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO) in Monaco, the agreement establishes a partnership […]

Gallery: GISSA AGM, 26 March 2019

The Geo-Information Society of South Africa (GISSA) held is annual general meeting in the City of Ekurhuleni on 26 March 2019.  

Satellite imagery shows Cyclone Idai flood waters receding

It is thought that well over a million people have been affected by what is probably the worst storm on record to hit the southern hemisphere. Making landfall on 15 March 2019, Cyclone Idai affected Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, destroying buildings and roads and inundating entire towns, villages and swathes of farmland. The human death […]

Digital transformation of Africa: hype or reality?

The 2019 Annual Adebayo Adedeji Lecture on the theme “Digital Transformation of Africa: Hype or Reality” was delivered by Dr. Omobola Johnson, former minister of communication technology, Federal Republic of Nigeria and board member of the Web Foundation. The objective of the lecture was to raise issues that will help policymakers to disentangle the hype […]

Greenhouse gas data becomes available online

The World Data Centre for Greenhouse Gases (WDCGG) of the World Meteorological Organisation has been operated since 1990 by the Japan Meteorological Agency. As the only world data centre specialising in greenhouse gases, it serves to collect, archive and distribute data on such gases (e.g. CO2, CH4, CFCs and N2O) and other related gases (such […]

Obituary: Chris Strydom

Chris Strydom as a person was differentiated by his loyalty and his frankness of speech, although never judgemental. He was a proud man and often spoke fondly of his family. He was also a keen and strong sportsman, abilities he displayed several times during recreational activities during visits to various De Beers mines for chief […]

Latest standards news – February and March 2019

Tile standard for streaming 3D content The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has approved the 3D Tiles Specification 1.0 for adoption as an OGC Community Standard. The specification is designed for streaming heterogenous 3D geospatial content to clients for visualisation. Expanding beyond traditional 2D and 2.5D streaming of maps and terrain, 3D Tiles supports 3D models […]