Aim and scope of project: Universities and institutes from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa have teamed up to develop global water quality monitoring systems to contribute to the management of water resource use. This collaborative project involves Rivers of Life specialist via the University of Mpumalanga who are working on the FISHTRAC approach and Russian smart technology in the Olifants River. And collaborative work in India primarily. Plans for regional travel to stimulate research is in place and should result in more collaboration opportunities in 2021.

Client and or collaborating stakeholders: National Research Foundation of South Africa in collaboration with:

  • Department of Physics and Material Science, University of São Paulo, Brazil.
  • Laboratory of Artificial sensory systems, ITMO University, St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • Nabarun Bhattacharyya, Centre For Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Kolkata, India.
  • Chunsheng Wu, Institute of Medical Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China.

Interesting and important outcomes or prospects: The collaboration has already resulted in the development of and testing of new technologies and opportunities to improve water management systems in South Africa and the collaborating countries. Watch this space!


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