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Dr. Samuel Kusangaya


PhD, Hydrology (UKZN, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, 2012 - 2016). MPhil in GIS & Remote Sensing (Cambridge, United Kingdom - 2006). MSc in Land and GIS (University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe - 2002). Post graduate Diploma in Land and GIS (University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe - 2001). BSc in Geography & Mathematics - dual major (University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe - 1999).

Academic Appointments:


Research Interests:

Climate Change
Remote Sensing
Spatial Analysis
Climate change modelling
Impact assessments
Vegetation analysis
Hydrology & Water Resources Assessments
Image Analysis

Faculty: Science
Department: Geography Geospatial Sciences and Earth Observation
Research Category: Geography and Environmental Science

I am a Physical Geographer with expertise in Hydrology, Geographic Information Sciences and Remote Sensing by profession and training. My interest are in geo-information scienceapplications in climate change modelling, vegetation monitoring, hydrology and water resources management. I have advanced geo-informatics knowledge and skills, including, database management and ground survey. Additionally, I am capable of advanced statistical analysis skills in multivariate and spatio-temporal analysis of geographic, ecological and socioeconomic data.I have a strong background in research, setting up training programmes (academic and professional), developing new curriculum. I am team player, highly professional, energetic and results orientated. I have the ability to work independently as well as in a team environment. I have excellent written and spoken English. I have a passion for research and in my spare time I do a lot of reading. My computer skills are top notch. To date, I have authored or co-authored six course modules, six book chapters and more than 40 journal and conference papers.

Phone: +263772918174

Manatsa(2018) Chapter 10: Climate change impact on hydrological regimes and extreme events in Southern Africa (in: Water Resources Management in the Climate Change Context in Africa S. Diop, P. Scheren and A. Niang). Springer Publishing.
2. Godfrey Tawodzera, EastherChigumira, IdahMbengo and Samuel Kusangaya (2018). Chapter 15 - The characteristics of the urban food system in Epworth, Zimbabwe. In Urban Food Systems Governance and Poverty in African Cities (eds. Jane Battersby, Vanessa Watson). Routledge. pp. 282 Pages. ISBN 9781138726758. Series: Routledge Studies in Food, Society and the Environment.
3. Samuel Kusangaya, Michele L Warburton Toucher, Emma Archer van Garderen (2018). Evaluation of uncertainty in capturing the spatial variability and magnitudes of extreme hydrological events for the uMngeni catchment, South Africa. Journal of Hydrology. Vol: 412-413, 4 January 2018. pp: 233-245.
4. BeavenUtete, Blessing Kavhu, Samuel Kusangaya, NyashadzasheViriri, Crispen Phiri, Sibonani. S. Mlambo, (2018)Assessment of water levels and the effects of climatic factors and catchment dynamics in a shallow subtropical reservoir, Manjirenji Dam, Zimbabwe. Journal of Water and Climate Change.doi:10.2166/wcc.2018.134
5. Kusangaya, S.Shekede M.D.S. and Mbengo I (2017). Chapter 8: Water Resources. In Davis, C.L. and Vincent, K. 2017: Climate Risk and Vulnerability: A Handbook for Southern Africa (2nd Ed), CSIR, Pretoria, South Africa
6. Samuel Kusangaya, Michele L. Warburton, Emma Archer Van Garderen (2017). Use of ACRU, a distributed hydrological model, to evaluate how errors from downscaled rainfall are propagated in simulated runoff in uMngeni Catchment, South Africa. Hydrological Sciences Journal. Taylor & Francis. ID: 1349317 DOI:10.1080/02626667.2017.1349317
7. Morris, F., Toucher, ML Warburton., Clulow, A., Kusangaya, S., Morris, C., Bulcock, H., (2017). Improving the understanding of rainfall distribution and characterisation in the Cathedral Peak catchments using a geo-statistical technique. Water SA, 42(4): 684-693. DOI:
8. Samuel Kusangaya, Michele L. Warburton, Emma Archer Van Garderen, Graham P.W. Jewitt. (2017).An evaluation of how downscaled climate data represents historical precipitation characteristics beyond the means and variances. Global and Planetary Change. DOI: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2017.07.014
9. BeavenUtetea, Blessing Kavhu, Samuel Kusangaya,NyashadzasheViriri, CrispenPhirib, Sibonani. S. Mlambo, Never Muboko and Tosan. B. Fregene(2017).Analysis of trends in water levels, and the confounding effects climatic factors and catchment dynamics in peri-urban Lakes Chivero and Manyame in Zimbabwe (Journal: Hydrological Processes.
10. Mutema, M., Jewitt, G., Chivenge, P., Kusangaya, S., Chaplot, V.,(2015).DailySurface Water and Sediment Fluxes in Thukela River, South Africa, Physics and Chemistry of the Earth.
11. Samuel Kusangaya and Vhusomuzi .B. Sithole(2015). Remote sensing-based fire frequency mapping in a savannah rangeland. South African Journal of Geomatics, Vol. 4, No. 1, February 2015. ISSN: 2225-8531.
12. Samuel Kusangaya, Michele L. Warburton, Emma Archer Van Garderen, Graham P.W. Jewitt. (2014). Impacts of Climate Change on Water Resources in Southern Africa: A Review. Journal of Physics and Chemistry of the Earth. DOI:
13. Munyaradzi D Shekede, Karin Schmidt and Samuel Kusangaya (2013). Spectral differentiation of six aquatic weeds in Lake Chivero, Zimbabwe. Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa (Volume 15, No.3, 2013). ISSN: 1520-5509. Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Clarion, Pennsylvania, USA.

Patented Work:

Grants & Funding (current and Past projects):

Awards & Achievements:

Consultancy and advisory work (current and past):

1. GIS Analyst/ Mapping Specialist and Team Leader. Agro-Ecological Assessment of Dam Catchment Area Protection Using Improved Grass Species (2018)-CAFOD

2. GIS Analyst/ Mapping Specialist and Team Leader: Baseline Survey for the Shurugwi Landscape (2016)-UNDP GEF-SGP

3. Trainer in Disaster Risk Reduction (GIS and Remote Sensing Applications) (2016)-Limpopo Water Course Commission , SADC, Waternet

4. GIS Analyst and Team Leader:Baseline Survey for Sustainable Tourism Agenda (STAGE), Zimbabwe (2015)-UNDP/GEF-SGP

5. GIS Analyst for a Study on the Effects of Climate and Urbanization on Water Resources in Mozambique. (2014)-UNU-FLORES

Supervision information (MPhil, DPhil, etc.):

Professional membership, Committees, Boards:

1. Southern Africa Climate Change Network (SACCNet).
2. Association of African Planning Schools (AAPS).
3. Geographical Association of Zimbabwe (National Council)

External Profile Links (Google Scholar, ResearchGate, LinkedIn, other social media links):

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