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Staff on study leave busy with research

Two of the Department’s academic staff members, A/Professors Joseph Awange and Ahmed El-Mowafy have been busy conducting research this semester while on Academic Study Leave from the university.

A/Professor Joseph Awange has been busy investigating the impact of climate change on water resources over Africa, Australia, South America and Asia, the outcome of which will show changes in stored water potential over these continents. Furthermore, global warming and droughts impacts on these continents are being explored using remotely sensed satellite products.

Joseph said the outcome of his research will be published in high impact journals.

“I will also complete three of my books: Geospatial Algebraic Computations, Environmental Project Management, and Energy Resources in Africa, all which will appear in Springer in 2016,” he said.

A/Professor Ahmed El-Mowafy has been visiting and collaborating with international scholars from the Laboratory of Communication Engineering, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology (TUMST) in Japan; the Institute of Communication and Navigation, German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and Technical University of Munich (TUM) in Germany.

His research aims to develop advanced new generation multi-constellation Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) integrity monitoring algorithms for aviation and precise positioning applications.

Ahmed also said “the research also addresses fundamental challenges in integrity monitoring when integrating GNSS with other sensors such as IMU and speed sensors, which is becoming an essential task for critical applications”.

Currently, A/Professor El-Mowafy is chairing a new study group ‘Integrity Monitoring for Precise Positioning’ in the International Association of Geodesy (IAG) that includes researchers from ten leading international research groups in this field.