CPUT hosts South African Climate Service

In a follow-up engagement on potential collaboration initiatives, a CPUT delegation not too long ago hosted South African Climate Service (SAWS) delegates on the South African Renewable Power Expertise Centre.

The meteorological service delegation was led by the Government Director, Dr Jonas Mphepya whereas the CPUT delegation was led by Dr David Phaho, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Analysis, Expertise Innovation and Partnerships.   This was a comply with up from a digital preliminary engagement, which befell in February 2022, between SAWS, School of Utilized Sciences, School of Engineering and the Constructed Surroundings (FEBE) and Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships (SIP).

In his temporary welcoming speech, Phaho, expressed the Establishment’s eagerness to have an “participating dialog” and SIP Director, Prof Judy Peter supplied the background on the subject of the February engagement. Dr Nelisiwe Maleka, Supervisor Analysis Uptake at SIP, mentioned the aim of the engagement was to discover potential analysis collaborations, pupil improvement and coaching with regard to expertise enhancement.  All representatives agreed to first take a look at the present Memorandum of Settlement and determine additional potential analysis collaboration initiatives. 

Mphepya indicated that the work at SAWS minimize throughout all sectors. Moreover, SAWS values the enter of teachers within the South Africa Worth Chain which incorporates observations, numerical climate prediction, producing forecasts, issuing official warnings, tailor-made companies, and enterprise knowledge integration. “There’s a must increase on worth chain and strengthen capability constructing in meteorology, aviation, and marine,” mentioned Mpheypha. He additionally highlighted the significance of partnership in “international entrance and African nations”. As well as, Director: Expertise Switch Workplace, Dr Revel Iyer, emphasised the significance of translating analysis options to the market and making certain there might be uptake. 

Potential analysis collaboration initiatives recognized in the course of the first engagement are:

  • Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) to discover the event of real Apps for large knowledge
  • Use of ICT for experimental studying
  • Sensor improvement (low-cost sensors) and satellite tv for pc improvement, the place we are able to conduct collaborations and capability constructing.
  • a key element of the ocean financial system for ocean gathering, relates about reacting to and constructing danger modeling
  • Pupil improvement (choose three or 4 career-studentship Masters and Doctoral programmes the place they are going to work and be supported by SAWS)
  • Create alternatives for an trade programmes for workers and college students

Under are attainable areas of collaboration that had been explored and consolidated.

SAWS

  • Observations/Met Tools
  • Infrastructure/Software program Improvement & Functions
  • Climate & local weather data worth chain
  • Coaching (RTC)
  • Product/Providers/Analysis
  • Alternatives – Pupil alternatives

School of Engineering & Constructed Surroundings

  • Satellite tv for pc for climate monitoring and sensor improvement

School of Utilized Sciences

  • Marine Sciences, Ocean Financial system
  • Pupil improvement (bottom-up method from undergraduate to postgraduate)

These ought to be aligned to CPUT V2030