unisa logo

Diverse selection of research fields

ScaRCE's multidisciplinary focus is central to its success; a mix of diverse disciplines covers the domains of the built and natural environments, and a stimulating research environment, including a vibrant research hub for water research, with over 100 HDR students.

Our research encompasses construction management; sustainability; building information modelling; project management, urban and regional planning, building codes and standards; transportation systems design and engineering; geotechnical, structural and water engineering; geomatics; geospatial information science; land surveying; environmental management; biodiversity; soil science; and plant physiology.

 

Current PhD areas of research

  • Remote sensing of vegetation for inputs to desertification models
  • Remote sensing of coral reef density
  • Access to spatial information
  • Spectral reflectance of soil lead concentration
  • Remote sensing of wetlands
  • Modelling of atmospheric dust
  • Use of remote sensing in policy administration
  • Urban biodiversity and urban density modelling
  • Water uptake of trees on reactive clay soils in a suburban setting
  • In-situ recycling of local government roads