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Using earth observation to head off a locust invasion

18 May - 13:48 SAST

By Kasha Patel, NASA

A single desert locust (Schistocerca gregaria) can consume its body weight in vegetation in one day. That may not sound like much for one 2.5 g locust, but when 40 million of them gather (considered a small swarm) they can devour as much food as 35 000 people. In one day, a small swarm can jeopardise a farmer’s livelihood.

Since December 2019, croplands in Kenya have been inundated by the voracious insects. By January 2020, at least 70 000 ha of land were infested – Kenya’s worst...

NASA-funded scientists are partnering with the UN and relief organisations to better understand where locusts are likely to swarm. Using remote sensing observations of soil moisture and vegetation, researchers are tracking how environmental conditions influence locust life cycles and hoping to stop outbreaks before they spread.

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How mine surveyors created self-service data for every user on one of Africa’s largest coal mines

18 Mar - 16:28 SAST
When Thys Smith, Exxaro’s survey manager on Grootegeluk coal mine, realised that 60% of his work day comprised serving information request about geospatial data, he tasked draughtsman Beyers du Randt to start work on...
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Aiding healthy bee populations with advanced analytics, machine learning and mapping

20 May - 14:55 SAST
With the number of bee colonies drastically declining around the world, SAS is using technology such as the Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning and visual analytics to help maintain and support healthy bee...
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Monitoring vehicle mobility patterns in South Africa during lockdown using satellite imagery

1 Jun - 12:28 SAST
The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) has been using satellite imagery to measure vehicle mobility on the roads and at shopping centres during South Africa’s lockdown, a national measure intended to slow the...
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Jul 13

Esri User Conference 2020

July 13 - July 17

A prominent event on the GIS calendar, the Esri User Conference offers users learning opportunities with more than 1000 presentations and technical workshops, along with hundreds of hours of hands-on training from Esri subject

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Jul 16

Build a store locator using Mapbox GL JS

July 16 10:00 pm - July 16 11:00 pm

Learn how to use Mapbox GL JS to build an interactive web map to help users find locations on the map. The store locator tutorial uses retail locations, but a map can include any

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Jul 20

Course: Introduction to QGIS

July 20 8:30 am - July 22 4:30 pm
House of Pharaohs Boutique Hotel & Conference, 1 Gaunt Ave, Bryanston, Sandton, 2191, South Africa

The Introduction to QGIS is a paid training course offered by Kartoza. This course uses custom examples and offers participants an introduction to GIS concepts, an overview and practical experience of the core components

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