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RESEARCH PROJECTS

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A preliminary study to review the possible use of forecasting in the Umkomaas catchment (NOAA)

Setup ACRU model to use Forecasted Rainfall information in determining streamflow in Umkomaas catchment area. Run this and develop a report for NOAA

Client

Country

Duration

NOAA/BEEH

South Africa

2000 - 2000

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Enhancing Sustainable Groundwater Use in South Africa - ESGUSA

This project looked at Enhancing Sustainable groundwater use in South Africa. Focused recharge in ephemeral rivers significantly contribute to groundwater replenishment during major rainfall events in semi-arid RSA. The complex sub-surface geology leads to large spatial and temporal variability in river-groundwater interactions, groundwater recharge and storage. It is proposed that Integrated hydrological models, making innovative use of new satellite data types and state-of-the-art field investigations and monitoring, results in a better understanding of the surface and subsurface water fluxes and storages and hereby provides an improved basis for development of sustainable groundwater management plans. Involvement of local stakeholders via new developments of citizen science helps securing the implementation of management plans.

Client

Country

Duration

UCT/Danida

South Africa

2018 - present

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WRC Project K5/1569 Towards the Establishment of Water Market Institutions for Effective and Efficient Water Allocation

Develop a coupled hydrological, water resources, economic and crop irrigation model into a single framework to test different water allocation mechanisms using the concept of fractional allocation and water banking. Study found market mechanisms were preferable method of water allocation to existing structures where curtailments based on type of use.

Client

Country

Duration

Water Research Commission

South Africa

2005 - 2008