Operation Phakisa: SANSA prepares key national expertise

This second SAR training and tour of key space institutions in Japan entailed advanced training on Remote Sensing and GIS technologies. The delegation was made up of ten (10) delegates, representing the following government departments and state institutions:- SANSA; South African Maritime Safety Agency (SAMSA); Transnet National Port Authority (TNPA); Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS); Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF); Agricultural Research Council (ARC); and Statistics South Africa (StatsSA).

The delegation was welcomed at the JICA Headquarters in Tokyo by the President of the Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan (RESTEC), Mr Kanime Ikeda. The main components of the tour were hands-on technical training on Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) applications and tour of key Japan state institutions such as the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). 


Visit to Tsukuba Space Centre

Image of the week-2016-07-26

5-meter high resolution CBERS-4 (P5M) image showing the intersection between City of Tshwane, Ekurhuleni and City of Johannesburg.

The China–Brazil Earth Resources Satellite 4 (CBERS-4), 5-meter high resolution panchromatic sensor’s (P5M) ability to capture the urban panoramic view with unprecedented visual clarity is quite invigorating. The panchromatic band captures built-up structures with astounding exactitude. Remarkably, this free and open dataset is not capacious and is quite easy to manipulate with standard image processing software packages. This gives CBERS-4 a distinctive advantage over other high-resolution datasets in the same class. CBERS-4 has a wide range of applications that range from as human settlements, water resources monitoring, agriculture, and vegetation monitoring and land degradation to mention but a few.

Order and download CBERS-4 products on the SANSA Earth Observation Catalogue:
http://catalogue.sansa.org.za/ 

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