To meet its mandate of improving the quality of life of South Africans, the CSIR relies on its most important asset, its people. The CSIR’s multidisciplinary nature positions the organisation to help solve the increasingly complex problems of our time. This multidisciplinary science, engineering and technology base is made up of individuals who are highly specialised in their respective fields. They are geneticists, virologists, software developers, polymer chemists, applied mathematicians and industrial engineers, just to name a few.
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Cho’s research interests involve developing earth observation tools, applications or products that support planning and decision-making for biodiversity conservation in rural landscapes, protected areas and food production, particularly in Africa.
Jovanovic’s areas of interest lie in the development and validation of earth observation products (e.g. evapotranspiration) for water resources management; management of aquifer artificial recharge systems; and increasing food security in small-holder irrigated farming systems.
Chang uses numerical ocean models to investigate the Southern Ocean. The ocean model configuration provides a platform to study the oceanic processes of the surface mixed layer that influences carbon exchange between the ocean and atmosphere as well as to explore the important spatial scales involved in this exchange.
Hlabela’s research focuses on the design, optimisation, operation and maintenance of water distribution networks, wastewater treatment processes and ports infrastructure.