The School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences recently hosted a training course in remote sensing and hydrology.
Internationally acclaimed scientist Professor Wim Bastiaanssen presented the training course which was jointly funded by the European Union Project, WATPLAN, and a research project, Fruitlook, funded by the Western Cape Provincial Department of Agriculture and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
Both these research projects provide satellite derived data products operationally via the web portals www.watplan.com andwww.fruitlook.co.za and have a strong focus on capacity building in this new field.
The five-day workshop consisted of a combination of lectures and hands-on exercises aimed at getting students working with remote sensing derived datasets and software.
The ERDAS software, particularly the Model Maker module, was used extensively in the training course. ERDAS licences were made available for the duration of the course by Data Design www.datadesign.co.za
The week saw students from UKZN and others assessing agricultural water management in the Western Cape using data sets from the Fruitlook project, and catchment water management in the Incomati catchment using WATPLAN data sets.