Dust feeds the Amazon and fertilises depleted oceans: feeding phytoplankton which in turn absorbs carbon emissions. It affects climate by absorbing or scattering light, and through its role in climate formation. Dr Johanna von Holdt, then a PhD researcher in the Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences, is working to understand dust emissions from the Namib desert in Namibia, and has published her data on ZivaHub: Open Data UCT as part of a drive to create a consolidated data set of dust emissions globally.
“It’s not just golfers who enjoy spending a day on the course,” says Dr Rob Little, manager of the Centre of Excellence at the Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology. “Geese are also drawn to their luscious, irrigated lawns interspersed with artificial water bodies.” Fortunately, research by Little and colleagues suggests there are ways the geese and golfers can co-exist.
The much anticipated National Water and Sanitation Master Plan was launched on Thursday, 28 November, by Minister Lindiwe Sisulu of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation. The plan is a comprehensive collection of actions and schedule that aims to address backlogs in infrastructure investment, institutional reform in water resource management and the required capital and financial investment. Dr Kevin Winter from UCT's Future Water Institute gives an review of the plan.
Two researchers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) are among 20 women scientists recognised by the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programme for their excellent contributions to science in sub-Saharan Africa. Regina Esinam Abotsi, a PhD candidate in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, and the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, was awarded a grant of EUR10 000 (about ZAR162 350) to further her research.
As a postdoctoral researcher in information systems, Dr Hafeni Mthoko aspires to go beyond the boundaries of her discipline to explore how information systems and technology can support the social sector. She is based at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Centre in Information and Communications Technologies for Development (ICT4D).
An international, transdisciplinary research project on climate change adaptation in semi-arid regions, co-led by the University of Cape Town (UCT), has released its findings following five years of research collaboration across six countries in Africa and three states in India. Professor Mark New, director of UCT's African Climate and Development Initiative is principal investigator on this project.
With better management and innovation, the ocean could provide over six times more food than it does today and more than two-thirds of the animal protein needed to feed the global population of the future. This is according to a new paper by an international group of researchers including Dr Carryn de Moor, a senior research officer from the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics and the Marine Resource Assessment and Management (MARAM) Group.
After an outstanding performance during the first round of the Centre for High Performance Computing’s (CHPC) Student Cluster Competition in July, two student-led teams from the University of Cape Town (UCT) are on their way to the national finals.
Who is the internet designed for? Is it locally relevant? Who are the people being left behind in the fourth industrial revolution? These are a few of the questions that have emerged from Dr Melissa Densmore’s research into bandwidth-constrained communities in and around Cape Town.
While it has been decades since the discovery of the first gamma-ray bursts (GRB), some of their fundamental traits remain a puzzle. Astronomers from the University of Cape Town (UCT), including Professor Patrick Woudt and MSc student Reikantseone Diretse, are part of an international team of more than 300 researchers that has gained further insight into the physical processes at work during these events.