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CSIR

Council for Scientific and industrial Research: A focus on forestry research


Environmental problems are complex, and addressing them requires integrated approaches using a broad skills base. CSIR researchers aim to provide integrated solutions, drawing on research conducted by the CSIR as well as others, building on historical strengths and experience while at the same time working across disciplinary and institutional boundaries.

A key focus of the CSIR's Forestry and Forest Products research is to ensure an optimal contribution from forests and plantations to be able to contribute to economic growth and sustainable development of South Africa and the region. This is achieved through research that contributes to increased productivity and profitability of forestry and forest products operations to enhance investment, employment and contribution to economic growth, while ensuring that social and environmental issues are addressed.

Key competencies are in wood chemical and physical properties, wood anatomy, pulp and paper manufacture, mapping forest resources using remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS), and tree/forest water relations including efficiencies and volumes linked to tree physiology.  In addition, the team conducts research into increased efficiency and green cleaner production technologies for the future of South African Forest Products industries through the Integrated Forest Products Biorefinery.  Access to state-of-the-art equipment and pilot plant equipment at the CSIR ensures that relevant quality research is conducted. Research in this area is outlined below:

Biorefinery and forest products

The CSIR's biorefinery and forest products research group leads a forest and waste biomass R&D facility developing technologies and directed chemical engineering, chemistry and biology capabilities enabling green economy development.  A R24 million biorefinery facility has been set up in Durban.  The facility is available to industry to test, evaluate, or develop biorefinery technologies.

This research builds on existing world class capabilities, and the primary focus lies in developing technologies for extracting maximum value from a tree via development of new value chains from waste biomass.

Contact person:
Prof Bruce Sithole: Research group leader
Email: bsithole@csir.co.za
Website: www.csir.co.za
Recent publications:


Earth observation

Ecosystems provide critical services to human societies and need to be maintained and enhanced. Some of these services include water, fibre, biodiversity, food and support functions such as the reduction of risks to assets and people. Ecosystem services face a number of threats including resource overuse and depletion, alien species invasion and climate change. Our environment is spatial in nature, but often decisions about the environment are taken with limited spatially explicit information. Information derived from satellite images is a key tool in responding to the decision-making challenges presented by resource management. The Earth Observation team conducts research to monitor spatial distribution of forest attributes and changes based on advanced remote sensing solutions including hyperspectral, synthetic aperture radar, and LiDAR to derive management-ready information on productivity, biodiversity, health, and biomass for a variety of forested landscapes (plantations, woodlands, indigenous forests, thickets).

Contact person:
Dr Renaud Mathieu: Research group leader
Email: rmathieu@csir.co.za
Recent publications:


Global change and ecosystem dynamics

A highly skilled interdisciplinary team of CSIR scientists specialises in system-based approaches to understanding the complexities, linkages, trade-offs and biophysical dynamics of terrestrial ecosystems in the context of global change. The group draws upon good strategic science, policy-relevant information and on-the-ground experience to deliver science-based solutions to promote sustainable resource use and management. The group contributes to the understanding of terrestrial ecosystem dynamics in the development of the CSIR Variable Resolution - Earth Systems Model, a first African-based Earth system model to develop reliable projections of future climate change.

Contact person:
Dr Graham von Maltitz: Research group leader
Email: gvmalt@csir.co.za
Recent publications:


Hydrosciences

The CSIR's Hydrosciences research group focuses on applied research which seeks to address agricultural/forest, environmental and urban ground water and surface water quantity issues. The team aims to improve water security in South Africa and regionally, by facilitating sensible and sustainable water resources management and informed decision-making through the provision of appropriate tools and information on all facets of the hydrological cycle (groundwater, surface water, evapotranspiration, etc.), from farm to river basin scale, through specialist monitoring, modelling, and integrated analysis techniques.

Contacts Person:
Dr Mark Gush: Research group leader
Email: mgush@csir.co.za
Recent publications:


Recent projects:


Website: www.csir.co.za

 

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