Task leader for Task 4.4 “AfriCultuReS Operational Demonstration and Users Appraisal”.
Activity leader within Task 1.2 “Scientific & Technical Coordination”, providing support related to the Southern African territory.
SANSA also contributes significantly to several tasks and activities across different WPs.
The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) is South Africa’s government body mandated by the SANSA Act, 36 of 2008. The mandate of SANSA is to coordinate and integrate space science and technology programmes, conduct long-term planning and implementation of space-related innovations in South Africa, and ensuring the supply of cost-effective space-based EO data and products to support South Africa’s policy, decision-making, economic growth and sustainable development. The Earth Observation focus area of SANSA thrusts to coordinate South Africa’s Earth observation activities. The main objectives are to collect, assimilate and disseminate earth observation data to support South Africa’s policy, decision-making and sustainable economic growth in the country.
SANSA’s impact is in providing amongst others, essential EO services to support EO research and development, as well as human capital development and science advancement activities. Through its research and application development activities, SANSA provides value added services to both state-owned departments, the private sector and other SME companies to establish the use of EO technologies in developing products and services, to better understand environmental risk resulting from mining, urbanisation, agriculture, etc. Key stakeholders include the South African Government departments and multinationals.
Through its mandate, SANSA has established several memoranda of understanding with both national (including institutions of higher learning) and international (including the JRC, the UK Space Agency, JICA/JAXA and DLR) collaborators to foster cooperation in space-related studies. SANSA is part of the Group on Earth observations (GEO) and through the South African Earth Observation Strategy (SAEOS) participates in Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS).
The EO Directorate of SANSA is currently providing Higher Education Institutions in South Africa with geospatial resources for student training through its Fundisa Disk Programme (FDP) which promotes the use of spatial information at tertiary level. Furthermore, through the MoU between SANSA and the JRC, the two institutions are collaborating to further develop and implement a National Human Settlements products and services for South Africa on an annual basis since 2012.
Recently, with funding from the International Partnerships in Space Programme (IPSP) administered by the UK Space Agency, SANSA has developed a set of crop/vegetation monitoring tools called CropWatch for South Africa in partnership with Airbus Defence and Space Company in the UK. The CropWatch project hopes to stimulate both economic and societal benefits in South Africa (and indeed across southern Africa). The main goal was to develop and demonstrate a set of crop stress assessment tools that use satellite derived biophysical parameters (including fraction of vegetation or soil cover, LAI, FAPAR, leaf chlorophyll content and several vegetation indices) and agronomical information to optimise the monitoring of field crop areas in both irrigated and dryland production systems in South Africa.
The SANSA EO and Space Operation directorates also maintain daily direct reception and/or acquisitions of contracted Earth observation data over the Southern African region and support an extensive archive data dating back as far as 1980. Remote sensing scientists and application developers at SANSA EO have experience in research on automation of image processing and value-added product development, e.g. processing imagery to develop annual national mosaic from high resolution imagery for mapping the built environment including human settlements, general LC/LU mapping, extraction of agricultural croplands and associated field crop boundary feature extraction, etc.
Nosiseko Mashiyi (leader)
Mahlatse Kganyago (participant)