Overview

The Air quality and impacts sub-program is aimed at providing key information to support the development of sustainable air quality policies and practices in Southern Africa. The influence of activities associated with human and industrial development as well as natural biogeochemical processes typical of the region (e.g. biomass burning) are the main focus points. A multidisciplinary approach is followed including scientists from chemistry and botany. The studies undertaken are directly linked to key priorities of sustainable development, improved quality of life and energy use in South Africa. The sub-program spans all three campuses of the NWU. 

The following main themes of research are pursued:

 

 

The following undergraduate programs link to this research thrust:

 

BSc:

  • Environmental Sciences with Geography and Botany
  • Environmental Sciences with Geography and Computer Science
  • Environmental Sciences with Microbiology and Chemistry
  • Environmental Sciences with Chemistry and Geography
  • Environmental Sciences with Botany and Microbiology
  • Biological sciences with Botany and Biochemistry
  • Biological Sciences with Botany and Microbiology
  • Biological Sciences with Microbiology and Biochemistry
  • BSc with Chemistry and Physics
  • BSc with Chemistry, Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
  • BSc with Applied Mathematics and Chemistry
  • BSc with Chemistry and Mathematics
  • BSc with Biochemistry and Chemistry
  • BSc with Chemistry and Computer Science
  • BSc with Geography and Applied Mathematics

BA:

  • BA with Geography
  • BA with Geography and Society
  • BA with Sociology and Geography
  • BA with Public administration and Geography
 

The following postgraduate programmes are associated with this research:

BSc Honours:

  • BSc Honours in Environmental Sciences with Geography and Environmental Management
  • BSc Honours in Chemistry

MSc:

  • MSc in Geography and Environmental Management
  • MSc in Environmental Sciences
  • MSc in Environmental Sciences with Atmospheric Chemistry

MEnv:

  • Master of Environmental Management
  • Master of Environmental Management with Conservation leadership
  • Master of Environmental Management with specialisation in Climate Change and Air Quality

PhD:

  • PhD in Environmental Management
  • PhD in Environmental Sciences
  • PhD in Geography and Environmental Management
  • PhD in Environmental Sciences with Atmospheric Chemistry

 

Mission statement

The chosen areas of research include atmospheric processes, air pollution, climate change, and the impacts thereof on crops, ecosystems and society. The objectives are to study the fundamental processes in the atmosphere and the linkages thereof with ecosystems and society, through observation and measurements, controlled experimentation and modelling. Therefore, there are natural linkages to other sub-groups within other research entities in natural sciences, engineering and social sciences. The primary aim is to make original scientific contributions to the regional and international body of knowledge. The type of knowledge generated will provide further key information to the support of human, industrial and agricultural development, as well as sustainable air quality and climate change policies and practices. Preferred outputs that will be targeted include the delivery of postgraduates that can contribute locally and internationally, as well as high impact scientific papers in local and international journals that are ISI accredited. As responsible citizens in the anthropocene, concerns related to national and international issues such as climate change, food security, impacts and sustainability are our primary source of inspiration.
 

For enquiries, contact:

Prof Roelof Burger 
Chair of the Sub Programme
+27 18 299 4269