SASAS Conference 2019 Organizing Committee:
Front row left to right: Ms Phumzile Maluleke and Ms Teboho Masupha.Middle row Left to right: Ms Adri Laas, Ms Christa Lombard, Mr Zakhele Shabalala & Prof Sue Walker. Back row left to right: Mr Obed Phahlane, Dr Mokhele Moeletsi, Dr Mphethe Tongwane & Mr Sabelo Mazibuko
Peer Reviewed Conference Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the South African Society for Atmospheric Sciences
Annual South African Society for Atmospheric Sciences (SASAS) Conference was
held at Riverside Sun in Vanderbijlpark on 8-9 October 2019. The theme for this
conference was “Climate meets Agriculture – The Interplay”. The conference was
both stimulating and informative, with a wonderful array of international
keynote speakers and invited speakers.
The programme covered
topics on Agrometeorology; Air Quality and Aerosols; Remote Sensing
Applications; Climate Change and Agriculture; Weather Forecasting and Climate
Modelling; Climate Extremes – Impacts and Preparedness; Instrumentation and
Data Collection; Atmospheric Wave Dynamics and aerosols, Impacts of Climate
Variability and Change as well as Climate Services, Policy and Research
Opportunities. Thus, delegates had a wide range of sessions to attend at the
conference. This programme also covered special invited talks discussing
topical issues, as well as speed talks by students from various institutions. A
total number of 100 abstracts were accepted for the conference. Each
contributed abstract submitted for oral or poster presentation was edited and
extended abstracts were peer reviewed.
South African Society for Atmospheric Sciences (SASAS) is a society administered by a Council, comprising four officers (President, Vice President, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer) and six Councillors, all of whom are re-elected every two years.
SASAS has been collaborating with other organizations to host an annual conference for the past 34 years. These conferences include keynote speakers, oral and poster presentations as well as exhibitions aimed at promoting and developing atmospheric sciences in the broader southern African context. They are attended by academics and students from various institutions, researchers working within the various sub-disciplines of Atmospheric Science, Climate Change, Agrometeorology, Weather Forecasting, Earth and Oceanic Observations, as well as policy-makers and officials from various industries for which atmospheric sciences are significant.
South African Weather Service
South African Weather Service (SAWS) as the mandated national
meteorological service has a vision of "A WeatherSMART Nation" - where
citizens and institutions are able to use quality and reliable weather
and climate related data provided by the organization to enhance the
quality of their lives and build resilience to extreme weather events
and mitigate climate change impacts.
United Nations Environment Programme
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global
environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda,
promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of
sustainable development within the UN system, and serves as an
authoritative advocate for the global environment. UNEP's mission is to
provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the
environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to
improve their quality of life without compromising that of future
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technology at all levels, in all stakeholder groups, and innovative
water solutions through research and development for South Africa,
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