UniZul studies climate

2009-07-28 00:00

THE SA Weather Service (SAWS) and the University of Zululand (UniZul) have entered a joint venture to enhance training and research in the areas of climate, climate change and air quality in Southern Africa.

University spokesman Dante Mashile said while collaboration between UniZulu’s department of geography and SAWS goes back as far as 2006, the signing of a memorandum of understanding yesterday will help produce black graduates in atmospheric and meteorological sciences, including further developing their research capabilities.

The benefit to SAWS is that while it has a dedicated climate section, it has limited resources allocated to research in atmospheric and meteorological sciences.

UniZul benefits by having an automatic weather station installed at the university, which daily feeds information about the state of the atmosphere into the systems of SAWS.

The system was installed in 2006, and updated with a digital weather reading machine last year, which enables it to send real-time data to Pretoria.

Mashile said students get hands-on and practical teaching, while SAWS has been able to strengthen its understanding of climatic and atmospheric issues influencing the region. Observations from the station are also used to generate knowledge through research to further the understanding of the climate in this province.

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