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Under The Microscope: How Do We Join The Dots?

Key Words:

  1. Analytical Methods;
  2. Big Data;
  3. Data Platforms;
  4. Environmental Health;
  5. Groundwater;
  6. Human Health;
  7. Information and Communication Technology;
  8. Water Quality;
  9. Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products;
  10. Citizen Science

Reliable water monitoring is critical to human and environmental health in guiding required interventions. Managing water quality extends beyond processes and analysis, and includes extensive risk management. Further to the standard measures and approaches to water quality, emphasis is also being placed on contaminants of emerging concern (CEC), micro-pollutants and the techniques used to quantify them (agrochemicals, pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) etc.). Advances in technologies and mobile applications are further highlighting the ability to better trace sources of pollution. Opportunities for platforms to collect, share and communicate this data are thus becoming increasingly important for Southern Africa.

Some Guiding Questions

  • What and how are the new standards related to CEC, micro-pollutants and PPCPs being developed and applied?
  • How is information captured, analysed and utilised for improved water resource and quality management, as well as providing insight leading to possible interventions?
  • How is the management and communication of data being considered as part of digital innovation?