Remote Sensing: A Tool for Earth and Space Exploration
Remote sensing is the discipline of acquiring and interpreting aerial images of the earth or other planets using sensor-based technology. Those images, covering subjects like the earth’s surface, the atmosphere, oceans, objects and phenomenon, are then analysed to provide precise data that would not be possible to obtain easily by other means. Dr Joseph Michalski, Associate Professor, Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Hong Kong, is a geologist and planetary scientist who uses remote sensing to study the mineralogy and geology of planets at HKU’s Planetary Mineralogy and Spectroscopy Laboratory.
Making Marine Eco-systems and Seafood Safer
Variations in water temperature and salinity levels affect the toxicity levels of these chemicals and the damage they can do to marine life.
‘Introducing the Special Needs Trust to Hong Kong’
Professor Lusina Kam Shuen Ho and Associate Professor Rebecca Wing Chi Lee’s research has directly led to the setting up of a special needs trust (SNT) in Hong Kong. They proposed an SNT model that saves costs by pooling the funds contributed by parents for investment. The team received the University’s Knowledge Exchange Excellence Award 2018 for their ‘Introducing the Special Needs Trust to Hong Kong’.
Animal Assisted Intervention for Hong Kong’s ‘Hikikomori’
The therapeutic value of animals to relieve stress in the young, elderly and sick has been documented by academics and medical professionals around the world. But what has not been known until relatively recently is how therapy animals can also help people who have difficulties dealing with modern society and lock themselves away in their rooms. Dr Paul Wong, Associate Professor at the Department of Social Work and Social Administration, is working with a non-profit-making social service organisation to study how therapy animals, mainly trained dogs, are helping Hong Kong’s hidden youth to regain their self-belief.
Microspaces Made Liveable
Hong Kong’s tiny subdivided flats are here to stay, reckons Juan Du, Associate Professor and Associate Dean (International and Mainland China Affairs) of the Faculty of Architecture. So she and her students are helping make it easier to live in them.
A City Map for Pedestrians
Most street maps are designed to get cars from A to B. But now the Faculty of Architecture has an alternative: a 3D map that helps pedestrians navigate narrow walkways and footbridges, and provides a trove of data for app makers.
A Gendered Approach to Mental Health
Psychosis tends to strike women a decade or longer after men. The Department of Psychiatry has a new project that builds on its deep, long-term work and helps the most economically-deprived female sufferers treat this silent ailment as early as possible.