© 2015 Sarah E. Rich

David Gwapedza

RISE Degree(s) 

PhD in Hydrology from the Institute for Water Research (IWR), Rhodes University

RISE Network(s) 

SSAWRN PhD Student at Rhodes University, South Africa


Further development of a simple erosion and sediment transport model for catchment management in African catchments

This research aims to address the issues of water quantity and quality. South Africa is a water-scarce country in need of more efficient water resource management. Efficient water resource management depends on information; this study seeks to provide information on the rates of sedimentation of South African reservoirs and river systems. The goal is to build a simple erosion and sediment transport model that can estimate erosion and sediment yield across multiple spatial and temporal scales. The tool (model) will be made freely available to catchment managers across the country, enabling them to quantify rates of sediment and thereby assisting them in the management of scarce water resources.

Special Accomplishments 

2019 Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Scholarship Recipient

Founding Member of the Water Scientists Association of Zimbabwe (WSAZ)

2018 Data Carpentry Short Course, Rhodes University

2017 Open-HYPE Short Course, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological institute (SMHI)

2016 GIS Short Course, Rhodes University

2016 Young Water Professionals South Africa Publications Roadshow Participant

Selected Publications 
Email Address(es)