Environmental Hydrology
Hydrology is the science of the water cycle. It studies the complex water systems of the planet, the occurrence, distribution, movement, quality and properties of the waters of the Earth and their relationship with and within the environment.

Hydrologists use computer models and field experiments to assess the hydrological state of the landscape. They are an integral part of the scientific teams that research water source catchments like Cathedral Peak and design and build major water storage and management schemes such as the Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme.

Hydrologists are integral to agriculture and agricultural production. The agricultural sector uses more than 60% of South Africa’s water resources, therefore efficient irrigation practices in both commercial and subsistence agriculture are critical for water resources management and food security.

Hydrological studies are geared towards producing information to aid water resources decision making. Hydrologists seek appropriate solutions to global water issues, backed by sound scientific knowledge and mathematical principles.


Hydrologists find employment in diverse sectors of society, locally and internationally.
Government water and environmental departments, Private engineering and environmental consulting companies, Universities, Colleges and Schools, Research facilities.