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Groundwater Quality in Transboundary Aquifers

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About This Course

In Southern Africa, it is estimated that about 70% of the population is dependent on groundwater resources. However, this region has a rapidly expanding population especially in urban areas and is vulnerable to climate change and variability with a profound effect on the groundwater quantity and quality. Management of groundwater, therefore, cannot be overemphasized as countries, especially arid, explore to utilize transboundary aquifers for livelihoods. This course, therefore, aims to introduce the concepts and principles in groundwater quality. A strong effort will be made to provide case studies at a transboundary level of Southern Africa where available. The course will be in four modules, (a) Groundwater aquifers in Southern Africa, (b) Aquifer Characterization for Vulnerability, (c) Groundwater quality monitoring and management and (d) Groundwater quality governance.

The online learning course on Groundwater Quality in Transboundary Aquifers is part of the Governance of Groundwater Resources in Transboundary Aquifers (GGRETA) project Phase 3, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

Learning Objectives

  • To expose learners on petro-physical properties that control aquifer productivity (including flow) and potential implications on groundwater quality;
  • To enable participants appreciate tools, methods and techniques to evaluate aquifer quality vulnerability;
  • To expose learners on monitoring and management approaches to sustain water quality;
  • To orient learners on governance options that can be used for managing groundwater quality.

Work Load

The course is comprised of 4 modules with a duration of 3 hours each. The course can be finalized in a total of 12 hours.

Meet the Course Instructors

Kawawa Banda

Dr. Kawawa Banda

Dr. Kawawa Banda is an academic in the Department of Geology, School of Mines at the University of Zambia in Zambia. He holds a PhD degree in Environmental Engineering (with a strong focus on Hydrogeology), from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in Denmark, MSc (Integrated Water Resources Management) and a BSc (Geology) both from the University of Zambia. His research interests are in Hydrogeology, Remote Sensing, Environmental Geology and Water Resources Management with over ten years’ experience with several publications and consultancy in these fields. Dr Banda is a reviewer of several internationally accredited journals. .

Kevin Pietersen

Dr Kevin Pietersen

Dr Kevin Pietersen has 25+ years’ experience in the water, environment, geosciences, and energy sectors. He has extensive experience in exploration, development, and management of groundwater. He has worked on projects related to support for information systems, guidelines, decision support systems, prediction tools, technologies and methodologies that support protection of water resources and equitable allocation of water to meet the needs of the environment, social and economic development. He was the team leader for the recently completed Consultancy Services for Water Resources Management Research in the Eastern Kalahari Karoo Basin Transboundary Aquifer funded by the SADC-GMI. He has worked extensively throughout SADC-countries. He holds a PhD degree in Hydrogeology.

Modreck Gomo

Dr. Sumaya Israel

Dr. Sumaya Israel is a Senior Lecturer in the Environmental and Water Science section of the Earth Science department at the University of the Western Cape, where she teaches and conducts research related to groundwater quality. Her undergraduate studies in Geology took place at UWC, while her Masters (2007) and her PhD (2015) was obtained from Stellenbosch University with a focus in groundwater remediation. She has about 20 years of experience of working in industry where her research involvement spanned over a number of topics including, reserve determination, classification of groundwater resources, water quality assessments, monitoring network design, water quality monitoring, managed aquifer recharge research, characterisation of aquifers, site assessment for groundwater remediation, implementation of groundwater remediation, considering the spatial distribution and concentrations of various chemical constituents of groundwater in the environment, these includes nitrates in Southern Africa, Flourides in South Africa, Pharmaceuticals in the Western Cape, Remediation of Nitrate in groundwater, she also worked with PHREEQC modelling as well as Aquachem database management software as data analyses tools and to simulate groundwater systems. Her passion lies in understanding chemical processes linked to water rock interactions in various geological settings, as well as the influence of anthropogenic activities on these natural systems. She manages a number of research projects related to these topics. Dr Israel also serves as a reviewer for a number of peer reviewed journals.

Thokozani Kanyerere

Dr Thokozani Kanyerere

Dr Thokozani Kanyerere is a Senior Lecturer at University of Western Cape where he teaches and conducts research related to groundwater management since 2013. He has 20 years’ experience in university academic and research work. He received his MSc from University of Malawi (2001) and MPhil from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Norway (2004) and obtained his PhD (2012) from University of Western Cape in South Africa where he assessed groundwater management practices for domestic use using IWRM approach. He is involved in direct and developmental applied research work from capacity building perspective. His research interests are in groundwater/surface-water interaction, aquifer characterization, groundwater recharge; groundwater management with a focus on quality which enabled him to coordinate academic and groundwater projects. His passion is on water education for capacity development. Dr Kanyerere is a reviewer of several peer-reviewed journals and institutes.



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