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The Okavango Research Group. University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg


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The Okavango Research Group.

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A group in the School of Geosciences, under the leadership of Prof T S McCarthy, has been involved in research in the Okavango Delta since 1985. The aim of the research is to develop an understanding of the functioning of the Okavango ecosystem. The work is multidisciplinary, but has a strong earth science focus. Much of the work is carried out on a collaborative basis, involving individuals or groups from other universities in southern Africa and elsewhere. The group is also involved investigations in other southern African wetlands, notably Zeekoevlei at Memel and Nylsvlei.

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URL: http://www.wits.ac.za/academic/science/geosciences/research/okavango/6499/the_okavango_research_group.html


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Mackay, A.W., Davidson, T., Wolski, P., Woodward, S., Mazebedi, R., Masamba, W.R.L. and Todd, M. 2012. Diatom sensitivity to hydrological and nutrient variability in a subtropical, flood-pulse wetland. Ecohydrology, 5(4): 491–502
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2012 Journal Article
Wolski, P. and Murray-Hudson, M. 2005. Flooding dynamics in a large low-gradient alluvial fan, the Okavango Delta, Botswana, from analysis and interpretation of a 30-year hydrometric record. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions, 2: 1865–1892
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2005 Journal Article1.2 mb pdf
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Gumbricht, T., Wolski, P., Frost, P. and McCarthy, T.S. 2004. Forecasting the spatial extent of the annual flood in the Okavango delta, Botswana. Journal of Hydrology, 290(3–4): 178–191
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2004 Journal Article
McCarthy, T.S. and Ellery, W.N. 1998. The Okavango Delta. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa, 53(2): 157-182
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1998 Journal Article9.97 mb pdf
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Hamandawana, H., Chanda, R. and Eckardt, E. 2008. Reappraisal of contemporary perspectives on climate change in southern Africa's Okavango Delta sub-region. Journal of Arid Environments, 72(9): 1709–1720
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2008 Journal Article
Ringrose, S., Vanderpost, C. and Matheson, W. 2003. Mapping ecological conditions in the Okavango delta, Botswana using fine and coarse resolution systems including simulated SPOT vegetation imagery. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 24(5): 1029-1052
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2003 Journal Article
Wolski, P. and Murray-Hudson, M. 2007. Detection and causal factors of change in flood distribution in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. Harry Oppenheimer Okavango Research Centre, Botswana
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2007 Report1.44 mb pdf
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Krah, M., McCarthy, T.S., Huntsman-Mapila, P., Wolski, P., Annegarn, H. and Sethebe, K. 2006. Nutrient Budget in the Seasonal Wetland of the Okavango Delta, Botswana. Wetlands Ecology and Management, 14(3): 253-267
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2006 Journal Article
Bethune, S., Amakali, M. and Roberts, K. 2005. Review of Namibian legislation and policies pertinent to environmental flows. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, Parts A/B/C, 30(11–16): 894–902
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2005 Journal Article211 kb pdf
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Schmidt, L., Domptail, S., Klintenberg, P., Gruber, M., Schmiedel, U., Zimmermann, I. and Falk, T. 2013. Transdisciplinary research and stake-holder involvement. A review of the TFO approach. In: Oldeland, J., Erb, C., Finckh, M. and Jürgens, N. 2013. (Eds.): Environmental Assessments in the Okavango Region. Biodiversity and Ecology, 5: 195–212
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2013 Book, Book Section, Booklet4.75 mb pdf
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Høberg, P., Lindholm, M., Ramberg, L. and Hessen, D.O. 2002. Aquatic food web dynamics on a floodplain in the Okavango delta, Botswana. Hydrobiologia, 470: 23-30
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2002 Journal Article
Revermann, R. 2016. Analysis of vegetation and plant diversity patterns in the Okavango Basin at different spatial scales: Integration of field based methods, remote sensing information and ecological modelling. PhD Thesis, Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences, Department of Biology of the University of Hamburg
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2016 Thesis18.19 mb pdf
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Espach, C., Lubbe, L.G. and Ganzin, N. 2009. Determining grazing capacity in Namibia with the aid of remote sensing. African Journal of Range and Forage Science, Volume 26(3): 133-138
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2009 Journal Article
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Government Gazette of the Republic of Namibia, No. 4828, 11 November 2011. Government Notice, No. 208: Research, Science and Technology Regulations: Research, Science and Technology Act, 2004, page 1-56
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2011Government GazetteLegal (Act, Gazette, Policy)697 kb pdf
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Wolski, P., Savenije, H.H.G., Murray-Hudson, M. and Gumbricht, T. 2006. Modelling of the flooding in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, using a hybrid reservoir-GIS model. Journal of Hydrology, 331(1–2): 58–72
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2006 Journal Article16.6 mb pdf
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Madoqua, Volume 12, No. 4. Journal of Nature Conservation and Desert Research, South West Africa. Published by the Nature Conservation and Tourism Division of the South West Africa Administration
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1981 Journal Article10.23 mb pdf
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Madoqua, Volume 12, No. 3. Journal of Nature Conservation and Desert Research, South West Africa. Published by the Nature Conservation and Tourism Division of the South West Africa Administration
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1980 Journal Article8.07 mb pdf
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Madoqua, Volume 12, No. 1. Journal of Nature Conservation and Desert Research, South West Africa. Published by the Nature Conservation and Tourism Division of the South West Africa Administration
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1980 Journal Article7.12 mb pdf
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Madoqua, Volume 9, No. 2. Journal of Nature Conservation and Desert Research, South West Africa. Published by the Nature Conservation and Tourism Division of the South West Africa Administration
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1975 Journal Article6.75 mb pdf
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de la Bat, B.J.G. (ed.) 1977. Madoqua, Series 10, No. 1. Journal of Nature Conservation and Desert Research, South West Africa. Published by the Nature Conservation and Tourism Division of the South West Africa Administration
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1977 Journal Article3.69 mb pdf
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Madoqua, Volume 10, No. 3. Journal of Nature Conservation and Desert Research, South West Africa. Published by the Nature Conservation and Tourism Division of the South West Africa Administration
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1977 Journal Article3 mb pdf
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Madoqua, Volume 12, No. 2. Journal of Nature Conservation and Desert Research, South West Africa. Published by the Directorate of Nature Conservation, South West Africa
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1980 Journal Article3.23 mb pdf
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Madoqua, Volume 15, No. 1. Journal of Nature Conservation and Desert Research, South West Africa. Published by the Department of Agriculture and Nature Conservation, South West Africa
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1987 Journal Article3.27 mb pdf
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Van Vuuren, N.G., Mulder, P.F.S., Ferreira, J.T. and van der Bank, F.H. 1989. The identification of hybrids Barbus aeneus X B. kimberleyensis and Labeo capensis X L. umbratus in Hardap Dam, SWA/Namibia. Madoqua, 16(1): 27-34
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1989 Journal Article905 kb pdf
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Hay, C.J., van der Bank, F.H. and Ferreira, J.T. 1997. The effect of the artificial linkage between the Kunene River and the Cuvelei System on the fish Fauna in Owambo, Namibia. Madoqua, 19(2): 99-105
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1997 Journal Article742 kb pdf
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Oldeland, J., Dorigo, W., Lieckfeld, L., Lucieer, A. and Jürgens, N. 2010. Combining vegetation indices, constrained ordination and fuzzy classification for mapping semi-natural vegetation units from hyperspectral imagery. Remote Sensing of Environment, 114(6): 1155–1166
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2010 Journal Article
Gumbricht, T.P. and McCarthy, T.S. 2003. Hierarchical processes and patterns sustaining the Okavango: An integrated perspective for policy and management. In: Bernard, T., Mosepele, K., Ramberg, L. (eds). Environmental Monitoring of Tropical and Subtropical Wetlands. Maun (Botswana): Harry Oppenheimer Okavango Research Center. Okavango Report Series no. 1., Pages 181–196
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2003 Book, Book Section, Booklet759 kb pdf
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Heinl, M. 2001. Fire and its effects on vegetation in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. MSc-Thesis
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2001 Thesis4.06 mb pdf
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Heinl, M., Frost, P., Vanderpost, C. and Sliva, J. 2007. Fire activity on drylands and floodplains in the southern Okavango Delta, Botswana. Journal of Arid Environments, 68(1): 77–87
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2007 Journal Article
Mmopelwa, G. 2006. Economic and financial analysis of harvesting and utilization of river reed in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. Journal of Environmental Management, 79(4): 329–335
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2006 Journal Article
Mosepele, K., Moyle, P.B., Merron, G.S., Purkey, D.R. and Mosepele, B. 2009. Fish, Floods, and Ecosystem Engineers: Aquatic Conservation in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. BioScience, 59(1): 53-64
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2009 Journal Article5.43 mb pdf
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McCarthy, T.S. 1993. The great inland deltas of Africa. Journal of African Earth Sciences (and the Middle East), 17(3): 275–291
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1993 Journal Article
Gumbricht, T. and McCarthy, T.S. 2003. Spatial patterns of islands and salt crusts in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. South African Geographical Journal, 85(2): 164-169
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2003 Journal Article664 kb pdf
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Haddon, I.G. and McCarthy, T.S. 2005. The Mesozoic-Cenozoic interior sag basins of Central Africa: The Late-Cretaceous-Cenozoic Kalahari and Okavango basins. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 43(1–3): 316–333
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2005 Journal Article
Bonyongo, M.C. and Mubyana, T. 2004. Soil nutrients status in vegetation communities of the Okavango Delta floodplains. South African Journal of Science, 100: 337-340
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2004 Journal Article1.64 mb pdf
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McCarthy, T.S. 2013. The Okavango Delta and its place in the geomorphological evolution of southern Africa. South African Journal of Geology, 116(1): 1-54
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2013 Journal Article3.03 mb pdf
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Ringrose, S. 2003. Characterisation of riparian woodlands and their potential water loss in the distal Okavango Delta, Botswana. Applied Geography, 23(4): 281–302
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2003 Journal Article
Burrough, S.L., Thomas, D.S.G., Shaw, P.A. and Bailey, R.M. 2007. Multiphase Quaternary highstands at Lake Ngami, Kalahari, northern Botswana. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 253(3–4): 280–299
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2007 Journal Article
Pröpper, M., Gröngröft, A., Finckh, M., Stirn, S., de Cauwer, V., Lages, F., Masamba, W., Murray-Hudson, M., Schmidt, L., Strohbach, B. and Jürgens, N. 2015. The Future Okavango - Findings, Scenarios and Recommendations for Action. Research Project Final Synthesis, Report 2010 - 2015, 190 pages
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2015 Book, Book Section, Booklet9.37 mb pdf
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Andersson, L., Gumbricht, T., Hughes, D., Kniveton, D., Ringrose, S., Savenije, H., Todd, M., Wilk, J. and Wolski, P. 2003. Water Flow Dynamics in the Okavango River Basin and Delta - A prerequisite for the Ecosystems of the Delta. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, Parts A/B/C, 28(20–27): 1165–1172
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2003 Journal Article
Biggs, R. 1975. An ecological survey of Chief's Island and the adjacent floodplain. Botswana Notes and Records, 7: 203-204
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1975 Journal Article
Gibbs Russell, G.E. and Biegel, H.M. 1973. Report on botanical collecting trips to Maun and the northern Okavango Delta. Botswana Notes and Records, 5: 154-169
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1973 Journal Article
VanderPost, C., Ringrose, S. and Seely, M. 2005. Preliminary land-use and land-cover mapping in the upper Okavango Basin and implications for the Okavango Delta. Botswana Notes and Records, 37 (Special Edition on Human Interactions and Natural Resource Dynamics in the Okavango Delta and Ngamiland): 236-252
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2005 Journal Article2.7 mb pdf
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A Chronology of Some Significant Events in Namib Research. In Seely, M.K. (ed). Namib ecology: 25 years of Namib research, pp. 1-3. Transvaal Museum Monograph No.7, Transvaal Museum, Pretoria
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1990 Book, Book Section, Booklet474 kb pdf
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Revermann, R. and Finckh, M. 2013. Okavango Basin - Vegetation. In: Oldeland, J., Erb, C., Finckh, M. and Jürgens, N. (eds). Environmental Assessments in the Okavango Region. Biodiversity and Ecology, 5: 29-35
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2013 Journal Article5.94 mb pdf
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Marazzi, L. 2013. Okavango Delta - Biodiversity of Microalgae, precious invisible plants. In: Oldeland, J., Erb, C., Finckh, M. and Jürgens, N. (eds). Environmental Assessments in the Okavango Region. Biodiversity and Ecology, 5: 161-163
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2013 Journal Article1.86 mb pdf
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Revermann, R. and Finckh, M. 2013. Cusseque - Micro-climatic Conditions. In: Oldeland, J., Erb, C., Finckh, M. and Jürgens, N. (eds). Environmental Assessments in the Okavango Region. Biodiversity and Ecology, 5: 47-50
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2013 Journal Article2.39 mb pdf
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Revermann, R., Maiato, F., Gomes, A., Lages, F. and Finckh, M. 2013. Cusseque - Vegetation. In: Oldeland, J., Erb, C., Finckh, M. and Jürgens, N. (eds). Environmental Assessments in the Okavango Region. Biodiversity and Ecology, 5: 59-63
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2013 Journal Article3.25 mb pdf
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Motsumi, S., Senyatso, K.J. and Hancock, P. 2007. Wattled crane (Grus carunculatus) research and monitoring in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. Ostrich, 78(2): 213–219
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2007 Journal Article

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