GOCE mission comes to an end

Information from European Space Agency After nearly tripling its planned lifetime, the Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer – GOCE – has completed its mission and disintegrated on its reentry to Earth’s atmosphere. Dubbed the “Ferrari of space” because of its sleek, aerodynamic design, the European Space Agency’s GOCE has mapped variations in Earth’s […]

Vehicle tracking trial results for SBAS in South Africa

Information from SANSA The SATSA (SBAS Awareness and Training for South Africa) project was established to facilitate SBAS (satellite based augmentation system) deployment in South Africa by increasing technological navigation capacity in the region. During the course of the project, three trials were conducted to evaluate SBAS applications using a test platform to produce realistic […]

Measuring deformation from space

by Davide Colombo, Tele-Rilevamento Europa TRE InSAR (Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar) uses satellite radar imagery to precisely measure ground deformation. TRE developed advanced techniques, PSInSAR and subsequently SqueeSAR, as standard monitoring tools in a number of applications: natural hazards, geothermal, oil and gas, mining, urban and infrastructures monitoring. Thanks to its capability in detecting millimetre […]

Unleashing the power of imagery

by Stuart Martin, GeoTerraImage In the fields of satellite imagery and aerial photography, the geospatial community has a myriad of choice with respect to sensors, resolutions, revisit times and capabilities in terms of imagery. Within the community, the ability to extract information and knowledge from these images seems to be lagging behind as most applications […]

The need for consolidated geodatabases

by Alistair Main, GCS Water and Environmental Consultants This article will illustrate the value that geomatics, geographical information systems (GIS), surveyors and related geospatial professionals can add to the South African mining industry by identifying and populating gaps in available information. It will illustrate ways in which national geospatial systems need to develop in order […]

Drought monitoring

Information from the ARC-ISCW Recent drought conditions over the North West Province have revitalised interest in drought monitoring over South Africa. The Agricultural Research Council – Institute for Soil, Climate and Water (ARC-ISCW) monitors climate and vegetation responses operationally and provides near-real time products for the delineation of adversely affected areas. Please download the PDF

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