Young scholar award winner shows power of geo-visualisation

June 3rd, 2018, Published in Articles: PositionIT

This year’s Esri South Africa Young Scholar Award recipient is Lehlohonolo Thipe, a master student from the Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology, University of Pretoria, South Africa.

The Esri Young Scholar Award recognises the exemplary work of current undergraduate and graduate students majoring in geospatial science disciplines at international universities. Winning entries are selected by Esri’s distributor in the recipient’s respective country. Award winners get to travel to San Diego to present their work and join more than 15 500 GIS professionals in a week-long programme of presentations, workshops and social events. The GIS projects may include comprehensive research papers, software development, impactful maps and apps that promote education, conservation, disaster response and urban planning.

Thipe’s research project, titled “The evaluation of animated 3D geo-visualisations for teaching of the El Nino phenomenon at the University of Pretoria” evaluates the effectiveness of animated 3D geo-visualisations for teaching purposes. The focus of the geo-visualisations was on El Nino, a meteorological phenomenon that explains the temperature anomalies over a specific region and at a certain time of year. There are various factors that influence and are in turn influenced by this phenomenon. However, these factors are usually not visualised in the most effective way. Esri technology was used to create the geo-visualisations and so improve students’ understanding of the phenomenon.

Contact Verosha Naidoo, Esri South Africa,