Enhancing Sustainable Groundwater Use in South Africa (ESGUSA)

Enhancing Sustainable Groundwater Use in South Africa

The overall objective of the project is to develop sustainable groundwater management in the Republic of South Africa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Establishing an effective research partnership with Denmark.
  • Improving the understanding of hydrogeological conditions in typical geological settings and farming communities in RSA, exemplified by the Hout/Sand river catchment in Limpopo Province.
  • Development of modelling and resource indicator tools for integrated groundwater management.
  • Stakeholder involvement in development and promotion of sustainable groundwater management options.
  • Increasing the research capacity in RSA within integrated groundwater resource assessment and management.

 

Meyer R., Zhang W., Kragh S.J., Andreasen M., Jensen K.H., Zhang W., Fensholt R., Stisen S., Looms M.C. (2021),  Exploring the combined use of SMAP and Sentinel-1 data for downscaling soil moisture beyond the 1km scale, to be submitted to Hydrology and Earth System Sciences.

Lindle J, Villholth KG, Ebrahim GY, Sorensen JPR, Taylor RG, Jensen KH (2021), Groundwater recharge controlled by ephemeral river flow, land use and climate in the semi-arid Limpopo river basin of South Africa, to be submitted to Hydrogeology Journal.

Goldin, J.,  Muchingami, I., Kanyerere, T. (2021). Keep the flow: citizen science and the emancipatory potential of groundwater monitoring, submitted Ecology and Society.

Sorensen J.P.R., Davies J., Ebrahim G.Y., Lindle J., Marchant B.J., Ascott M.J., Bloomfield J.P., Cuthbert M.O., Holland M., Jensen K.H., Shamsudduha M., Villholth K.G., MacDonald A.M., Taylor R.G. (2021), Groundwater abstraction biases interpretation of climate controls and importance of extreme recharge events in hydrographs from semi-arid South Africa, Hydrogeology Journal, revised version submitted.

Goldin J., Mokomela R., Villholth K.G. (2021), Diamonds on the soles of their feet: citizen science and groundwater monitoring in the Hout Catchment, South Africa, Journal of Education for Sustainable Development, 15(1):25-50. doi:10.1177/09734082211014435

Muchingami I., Mkali A., Vinqi L., Pietersen K., Xu Y.,  Whitehead R., Jensen K.H., Villholth K.G., Kanyerere T. (2021), Integration of hydrogeophysical and geological investigations in enhancing groundwater potential assessment in Houtriver gneiss crystalline basement formation of South Africa, Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 123, 2021, 103009, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pce.2021.103009.

Abiye, T.A., Tshipala, D., Leketa, K., Villholth, K.G., Ebrahim, G.Y., Magombeyi, M., Butler, M. (2020). Hydrogeological characterization of crystalline aquifer in the Hout River Catchment, Limpopo province, South Africa, Groundwater Sustainable Development, 11, Oct. 2020, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gsd.2020.100406.

Ebrahim G.Y., Lautze J., Villholth K.G. (2020), Managed Aquifer Recharge in Africa: taking stock and looking forward, Water, 12(7), 1844, 2020, https://doi.org/10.3390/w12071844.

Ebrahim, G.Y., Villholth, K.G, Boulos, M. (2019). Supporting sustainable agricultural groundwater use in the Hout Catchment, Limpopo Province, South Africa - Application of an integrated hydrogeological model, Hydrogeology Journal, 27, 965-981. DOI: 10.1007/s10040-019-01957-6.

 

Lindle J, Jensen KH, Villholth KG, Taylor R (2019), Inferring groundwater recharge associations to climate, land use and geological structures using multi-decadal groundwater level observations from the semi-arid Limpopo basin of South Africa. International Association of Hydrogeologists 46th Congress, Malaga, September 2019, http://www.iah2019.org/.

Kanyerere T, Pietersen K, Goldin J, Villholth KG, Levine AD (2019), Using citizen science in groundwater data generation research to improve decision-making support on water information. 2nd  SADC-GMI Groundwater Conference, Johannesburg, September 2019, https://www.un-igrac.org/agenda/2nd-sadc-gmi-groundwater-conference.

Muchingami I, Pietersen K, Kanyerere T (2019), Framework for assessing aquifer-river interaction for crystalline basement formations in semi-arid areas, with case study in Hout River catchment, Limpopo basin, South Africa. 2nd  SADC-GMI Groundwater Conference, Johannesburg, September 2019, https://www.un-igrac.org/agenda/2nd-sadc-gmi-groundwater-conference.

Muchingami I, Pietersen K, Kanyerere T (2019), Groundwater exploration in crystalline basement Aquifers with a case of Houtriver Gneiss Formation, Limpopo, South Africa. Proceedings of the 13th Biannual GSSA Groundwater conference, 21-23 October 2019, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, https://gwd.org.za/event/2019-groundwater-conference-conservation-demand-surety-gwd/.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andersen, M.E. (2021). Fully integrated hydrological MIKE SHE model of the Hout/Sand river catchment in South Africa, MSc Thesis, University of Copenhagen.

Jensen, M., Lindholm, N.H.R. (2021). Hydrological model analyses of water balances and rainfall-runoff for semi-arid catchments in South Africa, BSc thesis, University of Copenhagen.

Vejby, J. (2021). Remote sensing pilot study for Waterpoort, South Africa; Correlation of SAR and NDVI, BSc thesis, University of Copenhagen.

Vinqui L. (2020), Using groundwater process model to assess aquifer-river interaction for groundwater dependent communities; Hout River Basin, Limpopo, South Africa, MSc Thesis, University of Western Cape.

Mkali A. (2020), Developing a hydrogeological conceptual model for subterranean groundwater control areas using remote sensing and geophysical techniques, Hout catchment, Limpopo, South Africa, MSc Thesis, University of Western Cape.

Frantsen F.B. (2019), Catchment Investigation of Letsitele, Limpopo Basin, South Africa: Groundwater-surface water estimation and catchment modelling, MSc thesis, University of Copenhagen.

Lindle J. (2019), Inferring groundwater recharge associations to ephemeral rivers, land use and climate using multi-decadal groundwater level observations from the semi-arid Limpopo basin of South Africa, MSc thesis, University of Copenhagen.

Theagarajah A. (2019), Impacts on groundwater quality of managed aquifer recharge using discharges from the Polokwane wastewater treatment works, South Africa, MSc thesis, University of Oxford, UK.

Wendt D. (2019), Water balance assessment for the Olifant Sand Water Scheme in Polokwane, South Africa, Internship Report, University of Birmingham, UK.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Funding

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark

The project is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark through Danida under Window 2 programme.

The research activities are related to the Strategic Sector Cooperation Project in RSA.

To 31.12.2021

Contact

Professor Karsten Høgh Jensen
Email: khj@ign.ku.dk
Phone: +45 2875 2484