Second SA-GEO symposium at University of Fort Hare

June 19th, 2013, Published in Articles: PositionIT

Using earth observations for informed decision-making in South Africa is the theme of the second annual SA-GEO Symposium of the National Earth Observations and Space Secretariat (NEOSS), which takes place at University of Fort Hare, Eastern Cape, from 10 to 12 September 2013. This symposium is an initiative to highlight and share earth observation applications that are under development or are operational in South Africa at the current time and that contribute to realising societal benefit.

The Department of Science and Technology established the National Earth Observation and Space Secretariat (NEOSS) as a consequence of the South African Earth Observation Strategy (SAEOS) and the National Space Strategy. In pursuance of the SAEOS, (South Africa’s response to the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and the Global Earth Observations System of Systems (GEOSS)), NEOSS has in turn initiated SA-GEO as a vehicle to encourage collaboration, data sharing and the operational use of earth observations in South Africa.

The objectives of SA-GEO are to:

  • To promote the use and application of earth observations in daily activities.
  • To promote networking within the South African earth observation communities.
  • To share scientific and applications knowledge on the uses of earth observations.
  • To provide a forum for researchers, academics, public officials (local, provincial national and parastatal),  industry, data suppliers, consultants, NGOs and other professionals interested in earth observations to interact.

The SA-GEO symposium will accommodate both presented papers and poster papers. The programme will be structured in parallel sessions based on the sub-themes. The sub themes are as follows:

  • ZA-ARM C1 and (other) earth observations: A boost to development.
  • Integrating earth observations to benefit society.
  • Using earth observations in policy, planning and decision making.
  • Potential and operational applications of earth observations.
  • Many happy returns: earth observations for monitoring, measuring and managing.

Registration for the symposium opened on 1 June 2013.

Contact Lulu Makapela, CSIR, Tel 012 841-2644, lmakapela@csir.co.za

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