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Least-cost integrated resource planning with cost-optimal climate change mitigation

The University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre recently undertook an alternative technical assessment of South Africa’s electricity future to inform debate on IRP 2018, South Africa’s latest electricity plan, which is due to be released shortly. The authors used a similar modelling methodology, with the addition of an economic model to account for key […]

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 […]

The EU Copyright Directive could threaten OpenStreetMap

On 26 March 2019, the European Parliament will vote for a third time on the new EU Copyright Directive. Article 13 of the new directive will de-facto force content platforms to filter uploaded contributions by their users. If a platform does not prevent uploading of copyright-protected content in accordance with “high industry standards of professional […]

South Africa’s new estuary information system

The new South African Estuary Information System (SAEIS) and Database (SAED) can now be accessed at http://saeis.saeon.ac.za. The SAEIS website currently accommodates information on 275 estuaries, as well as 2270 literary works and 3006 images. The new site follows a re-write to overcome problems that made the old website dysfunctional and unusable for many years. […]

Global RPAS specific operation risk assessment guidelines revised

The Joint Authorities for Rulemaking on Unmanned Systems (JARUS) has updated its guidelines on Specific Operations Risk Assessment (SORA) for RPAS, which it published online at http://jarus-rpas.org/publications. JARUS Working Group 6 (Safety and Risk Management) along with Working Group 4 (Detect and Avoid) have been collaborating to consolidate the guidelines, taking into account the internal […]

3D cadastres best practices published

The latest publication in the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) Publication series is Best Practice 3D Cadastre which is edited by Peter van Oosterom. At the end of the two most recent four-year terms (2010-2014 and 2014-2018) of the joint commission 3 “Spatial Information Management” and commission 7 “Cadastre and Land Management,” the FIG Working […]

Transforming earth observations to actionable information for SDGs

The NextGEOSS data hub and platform is now open for public use and will facilitate the fast and scalable transformation of earth observation data into actionable information and knowledge across all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Copernicus is a major contribution to the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and the Global Earth Observation System of […]

Collaboration offers applicants cloud services for earth observation

The new collaboration between the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers GEO member agencies and research organisations from developing countries access to cloud services to help with the hosting, processing and analysis of big data about the earth to inform decisions for sustainable development. Eligible government agencies and research institutions […]

SA nuclear medicine facility to restart again after another two-week shutdown

Following a lengthy period of shutdown in 2017 and 2018 which resulted from safety scares, the production of radioisotopes by NTP Radioistopes (SOC) started up again in November 2018 and ran until February this year, at which point it was stopped again for a short period to ensure that the system is working properly and […]