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Research Projects

Research in the Earth Sciences Department is organized in the broad fields of Environmental Water & Science and Applied Geology. The main research areas are in Petroleum Geology, Economic Geology/ Exploration Geochemistry, Tectonic Evolution, Geomorphology, Integrated Water Resource Management and Groundwater studies under the leadership of the UNESCO Chair. These groups do not have rigid boundaries, and graduate students are often associated with more than one group, particularly when the nature of their research is inter-disciplinary.

 

PETROLEUM GEOLOGY

Project Leader:

Group members: Dr. M. Opuwari

Research focus:

 

ECONOMIC GEOLOGY / EXPLORATION GEOCHEMISTRY

Project Leader: 

Group members:  Prof. C. Okujeni, Dr. R. Bailie, Dr S. Abdi-Mohamoud 

Research focus:

  • Platreef Mineralogy and Mineralisation

 

TECTONIC EVOLUTION

Project Leader: 

Group members: Prof. J. Van Bever Donker, Dr. R. Bailie

Research focus:
  • Structural and Tectonic Evolution of the Eastern Margin of the Namaqua Province



GEOMORPHOLOGY

Project Leader: 

Group members:  Mr. A. Scheepers

Research focus:

 

INTEGRATED WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT

Project Leader:   

Group members: Prof. Y. Xu, Dr. S. Adams (WRC), Prof L. Raitt (Dept of Biodiversity and Conservation Biology), Prof Luc Brendonck (Uinversity of Leuven)

Research focus: 

  • Application of Remote Sensing for Integrated Management of Ecosystems and Water Resources in Africa  
  • Sustainable utilization of subterranean water resources


GROUNDWATER STUDIES

Project Leader:

Group members: Prof. Y. Xu, Y. Wu, Dr. L. Lin, Prof. A. Thomas, Dr. N. Jovanovic, Mr. A. Scheepers, Dr. S. Adams (WRC),

Research focus:

  • A modelling support system for groundwater reserve   
  • Resource Directed Measures: Groundwater Component
  • Recharge Processes of Table Mountain Group (TMG) aquifer systems  
  • Flow conceptualization and storage determination in the Table Mountain Group (TMG) aquifer systems
  • Water Resources Management
  • Environmental Management 
  •  Modelling Non-Point Source Pollution in Agriculture from Field to Catchment Scale
  • Aquifer vulnerability assessments
  • Ecohydrology of temporary wetland 
  • Software Development     
     
 
  

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