This domain focuses on Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Geo engineering, Earth monitoring system, Weather Forecasting amongst others. This is the same discipline that recognises Zimbabwe as an agro-based economy. There is need to modernise agriculture using ICT based solutions to enhance productivity. The ZCHPC in partnership with the Zimbabwe National Geospatial and Space Agency of the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education Science and Technology Development are collaborating in several projects that include aerial agriculture precision farming ,satellite communications systems amongst others . These constitutes the Ministry’s Priority programs of 2019 -2023
a. Agriculture and Ecosystem
Use of HPC in agriculture greatly increases the country’s food security and continuously improves Zimbabwe’s agro-economic status. The ZCHPC works with research scientists in agricultural mechanisation, genetic manipulation, land tenure and soil quality of the Zimbabwe agrarian environment.
b. Disaster Management
The nation’s vulnerability to natural and manmade disaster require plans that focus on relief, preparedness and mitigation. Through the use of HPC and terrain modelling and simulation would help to minimize effects of floods, heat waves, epidemics, forest fires, mine flooding and road accidents. The real time analysis system allows government to warn people about the disaster faster than ever before.
c. Mining and Mineral Exploration
High-performance computing is applicable in mining and mineral exploration for identification of minerals underground, reservoir modelling, designing of facilities for the cultivation of hydrocarbons, drilling of mines/wells and construction of plant facilities, operations during the life of the fields, and decommissioning of facilities at the end of production.
d. Weather and Climate
The ZCHPC runs collective calculations, predicting seismic occurrences, building complicated climate models and forecasting weather accurately for the Meteorological Service Department (MSD) and higher learning institutions. MSD continues to use the ZCHPC facilities to improve the resolution on weather forecasts as well as reduce the time needed to generate daily forecasts.
e. Geospatial Intelligence
Geospatial intelligence involves the exploitation and analysis of imagery and geospatial information to describe, assess, and visually depict physical features and geographically referenced activities on earth. HPC based remote sensing applications are assisting decision makers with reliable and ecient analysis of geospatial data for the development of the Zimbabwe Socio-Economic standing.
HPC is transforming how energy is consumed and produced and continues to motivate researchers to come up with clean energy technologies, improving energy efficiency, reducing energy and resource consumption.
ZCHPC collaborates with research scientists in the development of reduced energy consumption buildings to save energy.
The ZCHPC computing infrastructure promotes research in space science, space engineering, communication, navigation and space physics. HPC is used in the complex operating process that manage communication between space craft, ground status and control centres.