Remote Sensing

Remote Sensing is the acquisition of information about the earth from a remote viewpoint. In our case, we like to obtain this information through satellite imagery or aerial photos. This data is known for opening up a world of possibilities to understand the environment better, and when used in conjunction with GIS, is the most powerful environmental analytical system on the planet! Satellite imagery has come a long way, we are now able to obtain high resolution, clear images, at a fraction of the price, and much quicker than we used to.

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Remote Sensing Analysis showing relative vegetation health.

Satellite Image (visible colours)

Further to this, the real power of Remote Sensing comes in when analyses are done on the data stored in the image which is not visible to the human eye (especially infrared). When doing so, one can uncover incredible environmental relationships, with various applications possible, such as identifying the health of vegetation, vegetation species identification, identifying hydrocarbon spills and acid mine drainage (AMD) to name a few. Kongiwe staff and associates have been at the forefront of some of the most ground-breaking work in this field, and would love to show it to you!