Centre for Water Sciences and Management

North-West University, South Africa

Potchefstroom Campus

About Us

The Centre for Water Sciences and Management is built on the pillars of research, education and social responsibility. It consists of a core skills base interacting with related NWU research initiatives. This multi-disciplinary approach is adopted to assist both industry and government in addressing many of the water related problems facing South Africa. The centre is also home to Eco-Analytica Laboratories.

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Eco-Analytica

Eco-Analytica laboratories are equipped with modern facilities and operated by well trained staff. Analyses are frequently subjected to quality control schemes from Wageningen and Agrilasa and is soon to be SANAS accredited. The laboratory offers a wide spectrum analyses for water, soil, sediments and plants.

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Teaching and Learning

We offer the following qualifications under the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences:

Teaching

BSc Hons (Hydrology and Geohydrology)

The honours degree is a full-time degree. Undergraduate students with a background in Geology, Chemistry or Mathematics are typically considered for this degree.

Prerequisites

Honours Course Content

  • Spatial Analysis
  • Geohydrology
  • Environmental Hydrology
  • Hydrochemistry
  • Applied Hydrology
  • Groundwater Geology
  • Research Project

MSc (Hydrology and Geohydrology)

This degree is either part-time (maximum 3 years) or full-time (maximum 2 years). There is no course work associated with this qualification and is purely research driven. Prospective students are required to submit a research proposal that will be evaluated together with their academic background.

PhD (Hydrology and Geohydrology)

This degree is either part-time (maximum 6 years) or full-time (maximum 4 years). There is no course work associated with this qualification and is purely research driven. Prospective students are required to submit a research proposal that will be evaluated together with their academic background.

Research

The centre also does contract research and on-going research include:

Research

Mining Related

  • Decanting, Dewatering, Flooding
  • Inter-mine Flow, Water Balances
  • Impact of Tailings Facilities
  • Water Quality Prognosis
  • Remediation Options
  • Acid Mine Drainage

Hydrology

  • Rainfall Runoff Modelling
  • Flood Hydrology
  • Firm Yield Modelling

Geohydrology

  • Surface-Groundwater Interaction
  • Impacts of Climate Change
  • Reserve Determinations
  • Groundwater Modelling
  • Contamination Studies
  • Risk Assessments

Software Development

  • Geohydrological Software
  • GIS Enabled Applications
  • Modelling Applications
  • 2D, 3D Visualization

Faculty

Meet our academic faculty.

Faculty

Prof. Ingrid Dennis

Dr. Rainier Dennis

Dr. Theuns De Klerk

Christian Steyn

Dr. Naziha Mokadem