CHG - People - Tamuka Magadzire
Tamuka Magadzire
FEWS NET Regional Scientist for Southern Africa
Location: Gaborone, Botswana
Phone: (267) 395-1863
Curriculum Vitae

T. Tamuka Magadzire is the southern Africa Field Scientist for the U.S. Geological Survey component of the Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWSNET). He is stationed at the headquarters of the Secretariat for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in Gaborone, Botswana. He provides direct support to 5 FEWSNET countries namely Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe, as well as the FEWSNET Southern Africa Regional Office. In addition to this, he also assists the SADC Food Agriculture and Natural Resources Directorate with agrometeorological analysis for food security monitoring for the 15 Member States of SADC. Tamuka completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Surveying at the University of Zimbabwe in 1999, following which he became a research assistant for the SADC Regional Remote Sensing. In November 2000, he joined the USGS/FEWSNET activity, which he has been working for to the present day. Tamuka is an alumni of UCSB, having completed his Masters of Arts degree in Geography in 2002 under the supervision of the late Prof. Leal Mertes. His major professional interests are in building applications for geo-spatial agrometeorolgical analysis, crop modeling using remote sensing data, satellite-based rainfall estimation, and hydrological analysis. He has taken a significant role in the development of the GeoWRSI, a crop-specific water balance modeling software, available here.

  • The Collaborative Historical African Rainfall Model: Description and Evaluation
  • Follow-up Analysis of Drought Situation in Southern Africa 2003/04 Growing Season
  • Forecasts of 2002/2003 Southern Africa Maize Growing Conditions Based on October 2002 Sea Surface Temperature and Climate Fields
  • The Status of Geospatial Data for Natural Resource Management and Food Security Assessment in the SADC Region
  • Remote Sensing and Hydrologic Tools for Flooding in Africa: Zambezi, Limpopo and Senegal Watersheds
  • Crop Monitoring and Yield Estimation Using Water Requirement Satisfaction Index (WRSI) in Zimbabwe: A case study for the 2002/2003 Growing Season
  • An investigation into the effect of different water sources on inundation hydrology for selected floodplain reaches of the Zambezi and Limpopo Rivers, Africa