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Research undertaken in the Chair Programme is focused on the Kuiseb Basin, Cuvelai Etosha Basin, Okavango-Omatako and Omaruru-Swakop Basin for achievement of two main objectives indicated below. Both the completed and ongoing projects are listed under each of the two objectives.

OBJECTIVE 1: Undertake jointly with partners research on water and climate in arid environments, including analyses of water quality and meteorological parameters in different basins, and disseminate results widely, including on- line

OBJECTIVE 2: Develop water- air-climate models for the arid environment, and build capacities of students, faculty, professionals, civil society and gov- ernment stakeholders to support their implementation


Completed Research

1.     Geochemical assessment of groundwater in the Kuiseb Basin in Namibia

2.     Isotopic composition and elemental concentration of water bodies in the Kuiseb and Cuvelai-Etosha Basin, Namibia

3.     Investigation of Environmental Radioactivity of Selected Water Bodies in the Kuiseb and Okavango-Omatako Basins, Namibia

4.     Heavy Metals Accumulation in Freshwater and Human Exposure Assess- ment Using Hydrocynus Vittatus from Okavango River

5.     Geochemical Analysis of Groundwater in the Omaruru-Swakop Basin, Namibia

6.     Evaluating the effectiveness of BioSprite in reducing Chlorine Demand at the Windhoek Airport Scheme

7.     Water Security and Extreme Precipitation Indices of Selected Towns in Namibia

8.     Modelling the Water-Air Interactions of the Namibian Atmosphere: Meteorological Factors

9.     Wavelet Analyses and Comparative Denoised Signals of Meteorological Factors of the Namibian Atmosphere

10.  Precipitation intensity and frequency challenges of the Arid Environment: Atmospheric Water- holding capacity

11.  The energy-water extricable link for arid regions: Case of Namibia


Ongoing Research

1.     Investigating the effects of Omaruru Municipal Dumpsite on boreholes within the Omaruru Rriver Basin, Namibia

2.     River Health Assessment using physico-chemical parameters and macroin- vertebrates in Namibia: Case of the Klein Windhoek River

3.     Assessing the Impacts of Anthropogenic Activities on Water Quality and Aquatic Biodiversity of Oanob Dam in Namibia

4.     Assessment of desalinating efficiency of renewable energy-operated de- salination plants in Namibia

5.     Conveyance efficiency of Okahandja and Rehoboth municipal water supply systems

6.     Assessment of Conveyance Efficiency of Okahandja and Rehoboth Municipal Water Supply Systems

7.     Heavy metal and nutrient accumulation in Water Quality Assessment of the Goreangab Dam, Windhoek in Namibia

8.     Pollution Risk Assessment of the Calueque-Oshakati Canal in the Iishana Sub-Basin, Namibia

9.     Developing a contamination susceptibility index for the Goreangab Dam in Namibia

10.  Dynamics Assessment of Hydro-climatic Hazards and Models in Selected Basins in Namibia

11.  Ground–based investigation of Atmospheric Interactions in Namibia: Aerosols and Precipitation

12.  Simulation of moisture and precipitation dynamics in the Namibian arid and semi-arid environments

13.  Spatial diversity and heterogeneity of extreme precipitation events in Namibia

14.  Chemical composition of fog water and computation of air masses within the southern Atlantic fog zone

15.  Primordial radionuclides evaluation and health dose impact in groundwa- ter, soil and food crops in the lower Swakop river, Namibia

16.  Developing a Conceptual Model for Resilience of Communities to Climate Change in the Cuvelai- Etosha Basin