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  • UPGRADE Internship program to Florida International University (FUI)

    Posted on July 04, 2022

    The University Partnership to Grow Administration and Education (UPGRADE) set out to enhance university partnerships between the US and South Africa and focuses on increasing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) capacity as well as improving the knowledge and skills in...

  • Kayla selected to participate in the UPGRADE Internship program to Florida International University (FUI)

    Posted on July 01, 2022

    Kayla Theron has been selected to participate in the University Partnership to Grow Administration and Education (UPGRADE) Internship program at Florida International University (FIU). The objectives of the internship are to draw on FIU curricula to build specific skills, link up with experts at...

  • Student receives SSAG Bronze Medal

    Posted on June 24, 2022

    Christina Thaele was awarded the prestigious 2022 SSAG Master's Bronze Medal for her MSc entitled "Characteristics of warm season supercell thunderstorms over the Gauteng and Mpumalanga Provinces of South Africa". The Bronze Medal is awarded to the best geography MSc completed by research...

  • The air in South African Highveld cities smells foul in the winter: here’s why

    Posted on June 22, 2022

    Associate Professor Rebecca Garland recently published an article which explains why the air in South African Highveld cities smells foul in the winter. Gauteng Province, which is situated on the Highveld, is also South Africa’s industrial heartland where pollution levels are often...

  • Student receives SSAG Outstanding Honours Research Award for 2022

    Posted on June 20, 2022

    Kayla Theron, who graduated with her BScHons Geoinformatics this year, was recently awarded the SSAG Outstanding Honours Research Award for 2022 from the Society of South African Geographers. She received the award for her Honours project, completed in 2021, entitled A street segment analysis of...

  • Seasonal Forecast (June 2022) available

    Posted on June 20, 2022

    The UP model predicts a cool ENSO state toward summer, while most models predict a weak La Nina event. Notwithstanding the high rainfall totals received in June, the SW Cape is still expected to experience below-normal rainfall totals for most of the winter and springs months. Spring is expected...

  • World Food Safety Day 2022

    Posted on June 06, 2022

    One in every ten people worldwide fall ill due to food borne diseases, where some cases are mild but others are deadly- accounting for the loss of 33 million healthy life years (DALYs) each year. Over 200 diseases, such as Listeriosis, Salmonella, cancer, immune disease and Norovirus are all...

  • Remote sensing data analysis in R-Studio - short course dates

    Posted on May 31, 2022

    The department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology will offer a Remote sensing data analysis in R-Studio: A machine learning perspective from 8-10 November 2022. This course will be led by Dr. Philemon Tsele and is targeting those working with big data within the remote sensing industry...

  • Faculty newsletter for May 2022 now available

    Posted on May 31, 2022

    Faculty newsletter for May 2022 now available

  • Meet our 2022 exceptional achievers

    Posted on May 26, 2022

    The Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences held their virtual exceptional achievers function on 25 May, 18:00-19:00. We congratulate six of our graduates for their outstanding academic and social involvement achievements. Zeenat Patel, a recent recipient of the SSAG Jubilee Bursary, was...

  • B2 rating for Prof Gregory Breetzke

    Posted on May 23, 2022

    Prof Gregory Breetzke received a B2 rating from the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa in the field of social sciences with a specialization in spatial criminology. His research has generally focused on two main themes: crime seasonality and the spatial and temporal stability and...

  • Celebrating International Day for Biological Diversity Day 22 May

    Posted on May 20, 2022

    In late 2021, a range of experts around the world were approached to provide expert input to the Global Biodiversity Framework – a new framework under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) that is effectively intended to inform our interventions to conserve biodiversity and ecosystem...

  • Honours student recipient of the SSAG Jubilee Bursary Award 2022

    Posted on May 20, 2022

    Zeenat Patel, who is currently enrolled in her BSc Honours in Geography and Environmental Sciences in our department, was awarded the Jubilee Bursary from the Society of South African Geographers for 2022. Her current Honours project, under the supervision of Dr Natalie Haussmann in our...

  • Seasonal Forecast (May 2022) available

    Posted on May 17, 2022

    The UP model predicts a weak La Nina event towards summer; this forecast is in agreement with most models. The SW Cape is expected to experience below-normal rainfall from early winter throughout the forecast period that ends with the Aug-Sep-Oct 3-month period. Enhanced probabilities for wet...

  • BScHons student Thuli Ntlatleng wins the 2022 Esri Young Scholar Award

    Posted on April 14, 2022

    Thulaganyo Ntlatleng, who completed her BScHons Geoinformatics degree in our department last year, was recently announced as the winner of the Esri Young Scholar Award for 2022. She received the award for her Honours project, titled Possible Wind Power in South Africa's Economic Hub: A GIS Based...

  • Celebrating Environmental Professionals Day

    Posted on April 13, 2022

    April 15 is Environmental Professionals Day. To celebrate this day, we asked Salome Beeslaar, and contract lecturer in environmental sciences in our department, to speak about her profession. Q: Tell us about your academic and professional background. I studied B.Sc Environmental Science...

  • Seasonal Forecast (April 2022) available

    Posted on April 12, 2022

    The UP model predicts a transition into ENSO-neutral conditions during winter; this forecast is in agreement with most models. The SW Cape is expected to experience below-normal rainfall from early winter until the end of this month’s forecast period (Jul-Aug-Sep). Enhanced probabilities...

  • Dangerous air pollution detected with machine learning

    Posted on April 11, 2022

    Researchers found high levels of air pollution in areas of Mpumalanga and Gauteng. UP’s Rebecca Garland helped create an artificial intelligence tool to monitor and predict daily air pollution against national air quality standards.

  • Industry guest lecture to our 3rd years

    Posted on March 23, 2022

    Members of Esri South Africa gave a guest lecture to students of the third year course, GIS 310, on Wednesday 16 March. Students were exposed to the integration of drone technology in Esri software, as well as using machine learning to map land cover. Verosha Naidoo, who is the University of...

  • 2022 GGY 789 field trip to Florisbad, Free State

    Posted on March 23, 2022

    The 2022 GGY 789 field trip, led by Dr. Natalie Haussmann and Prof. Greg Breetzke, took place from 18 to 21 March at Florisbad, in the Free State. Thirteen of the BSc Geography Honours students and three of the GIS Honours students attended. Activities included ecological field techniques (led by...

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