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Guidelines for coastal lidar

This article provides guidance to technical and non-technical coastal practitioner regarding the required precision of airborne lidar data for the typical coastal applications, output formats and value-added products. It also touches on issues of flight campaign planning and a national coastal lidar inventory. Highly accurate and detailed topographic information has been identified as being crucial […]

SA cities strive for zero-carbon building

Mayors of Tshwane, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban to introduce requirements ensuring all new buildings are energy efficient, cutting electricity bills and greenhouse gas emissions. C40 Cities South Africa Buildings Programme, launched today in Tshwane, aspires to make zero carbon buildings standard practice across South African cities High-efficiency energy performance requirements are being developed for […]

Radar satellite launched for Copernicus

Copernicus Sentinel-3B was launched on 25 April 2018, joining its identical twin Sentinel-3A in orbit. This pairing of satellites increases coverage and data delivery for the European Union’s Copernicus environment programme.  The mission is expected to begin routine operations after five months. “This is the seventh launch of a Sentinel satellite in the last four […]

National land cover classes and definitions published

The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) has recently published the National Land Cover Classes and Definitions standards booklet, available for download at www.ngi.gov.za/index.php/news-and-events. The process of the development and updating of National Land Cover classes and definitions standard for South Africa started in 2016 through the South African Group on Earth Observation […]

Space weather warning centre upgraded

The South African National Space Agency’s (SANSA) Space Weather Regional Warning Centre, located in Hermanus in the Western Cape, has recently been upgraded. Unveiled by South Africa’s Minister of Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, the facility is the only regional warning centre for Africa and integral to protecting satellites, the continent’s national power grids, communications […]

Urban agenda calls for new skills and technology

In light of the 9th World Urban Forum, attention turns to implementation of the New Urban Agenda. After the frenzy of Habitat 3 (the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development), PwC highlighted that implementing the commitments made in Quito will require new skills and partnerships than the ones that created it. This now feels […]

South African satellite to support Operation Phakisa

The Minister of Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, participated in a ceremony to send off South Africa’s second nanosatellite to India, where it will be launched on 18 July 2018. ZACUBE-2 will provide remote sensing and communication services to South Africa and the region. The 4 kg satellite was developed by the French South African […]