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ASSOCIATES

Dr Eddie Riddell

Position:                               Research Associate

Discipline:                            Environmental Hydrology, Transboundary Water Governance

Centre:                                  Centre for Water Resources Research (CWRR)

School:                                  School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Campus:                                Agriculture Campus

Telephone:                           +27 82 889 1664

Email:                                     edriddell@gmail.com

 

Biography 

Dr Riddell’s research interests relate to the quantification of hydrological processes in the context of management for ecosystem sustainability, which has recently focused on groundwater-surface water interactions in rivers and groundwater dependent ecosystems, ecological impacts resulting from varying riverine water quality, and wetland management amongst other aspects. Dr Riddell’s work now has increasing focus on transboundary water governance, through adaptive approaches to secure sustainable socio-ecological futures and equitable river basin management.

Qualifications

PhD – Wetland Rehabilitation Hydrology, University of KwaZulu-Natal (2011)

MSc – Ecology, University of Wales, Bangor (2002)

BSc (Hons) – Geography & Biology, University of Liverpool (2000)      

SACNASP Water Resources Science (2015)

Current Research Projects

  • EXPANDED FRESHWATER & TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEM NETWORK (EFTEON) LONG TERM LANDSCAPE MONITORING (with SAEON)
  • CLIMATE RISK INFORMED DECISION ANALYSIS (CRIDA) IN SELECTED SOUTH AFRICAN BIOSPHERE RESERVES (with UNESCO-IHP)
  • TOWARDS A HYDROLOGICAL SOIL MAP OF SOUTH AFRICA (HYDROSOIL) – DEVELOPING A PROTOCOL AND SHOWCASING ITS USES (with North-West University)
  • RISK ASSESSMENT FRAMEWORK TO EVALUATE THE EFFECT OF MULTIPLE STRESSORS AND THE INTEGRATED SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF THE TRANS-BOUNDARY WATER RESOURCES OF THE INCOMATI BASIN, SOUTHERN AFRICA (with University of Mpumalanga)

Recently Completed Projects (2020-23)

  • QUANTIFICATION OF TRANSMISSION LOSSES ALONG THE LETABA RIVER FOR IMPROVED DELIVERY OF ENVIRONMENTAL WATER REQUIREMENTS

Hobbies and Interests

Family time, exploring, reading and making music!

Five recent publications

  • Pollard, S., Riddell, E., du Toit, D., Retief, H., Ison, R (2023) Towards adaptive water governance: the role of systemic feedbacks for learning and adaptation in the eastern transboundary rivers of South Africa. Ecology & Society
  • Riddell, ES., Boyd, L., Petersen, R., Heath, R (2022) Protected areas and the diffuse pollution problem: rivers of the Kruger National Park, South Africa. In: Land Use and Water Quality: The Impacts of Diffuse Pollution Editor(s): Puangrat Kajitvichyanukul and Brian D’Arcy. IWA Publishing
  • Riddell, ,  Nel,  J., van  Tol,  J.,  Fundisi,  D.,  Jumbi,  F.,  van  Niekerk,  A.,  Lorentz,  S  (2020).  Groundwater-Surface  Water Interactions in an ephemeral savanna catchment, Kruger National Park Koedoe 62(2) a1583
  • McLoughlin, C.A, Riddell, ES., Petersen, R., Venter J., (2021) Adaptive and transformative learning in environmental water management: Implementing the Crocodile River’s Ecological Reserve in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Koedoe
  • ES., Govender, D., Botha, J., Sithole, H., Petersen, R., Shikwambana, P. (2019) Pollution impacts on the aquatic ecosystems of the Kruger National Park, South Africa. Scientific African. doi.org/10.1016/j.sciaf.2019.e00195