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Prof Roland Schulze

Position:                                Emeritus Professor; Senior Research Associate

Discipline:                             Hydrology

Centre:                                   Centre for Water Resources Research (CWRR)

School:                                   School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Campus:                                 Agriculture Campus

Room no./Building:              Room 206 Rabie Saunders Building

Telephone:                             +27 33 260 5489; +27 82 572 7937

Email:                                      schulzer@ukzn.ac.za

 

Biography 

Roland Schulze (PhD, FRSSAf, MAcScSAf) is Retired Professor of Hydrology at UKZN, now Senior Research Associate at UKZN and mentor/consultant to Government and national/international water and agricultural industries. Originally a hydrological model developer (SCS; ACRU), his focus now is on climate change (CC) issues (vulnerability, impacts, adaptation) in the agriculture/water sectors.  In CC, he has led numerous multi-institutional national/international research projects. Author of over 650 publications, he has wide international lecturing/research experience and is the recipient of the WRC Lifetime Achievement Award.

Qualifications

BSc (1st Class), BSc Honours (1st Class), UED, MSc (cum laude), PhD

Current Research Projects

  • Modelling and Mapping of Early Season Temperature Patterns for the Pome and Stone Fruit Industries of South Africa
  • Update of Climatically Suitable Growth Areas in South Africa for Macadamias under Climate Change
  • Realisation of a System for Producing Annual Water Resource Accounts on a National Scale in South Africa
  • Development of a Toolbox for Design Flood Estimation: Accounting for Non-Stationary Rainfall Data
  • Development of Datasets for Multi-Scale Water Resource Assessments Towards a Water Secure South Africa

Recently Completed Projects (2020-23)

  • Climate Change Risk and Vulnerability Assessments with an Adaptation and Response Plan for the John Taolo Gaetsewe , uMkhanyakude and Waterberg District Municipalities
  • City of Tshwane Storm and Wastewater Infrastructure design under Climate Change
  • Improving the Resilience of QwaQwa to Multiple Risks of Climate Change from a Hydrological Perspective
  • A National Assessment of Potential Climate Change Impacts on Hydrological Responses and Yield in South Africa
  • Update of Potential Climate Change Impacts on Relevant Water Resource Issues in the Umgeni and Surrounding Catchments
  • South African and International Verification Studies of the ACRU Model Across a Range of Processes, Applications and Spatial Scales
  • Practitioners’ Handbooks for Each of the Nine Water Management Areas of South Africa for Undertaking Current and Projected Future Climate Change Related to Risk and Vulnerability Assessments
  • Modelling of Water Flows with Change in Land Management in Selected River Catchments
  • Impacts of Soil Carbon on Hydrological Processes and Responses

Hobbies and Interests

Sport, gardening, current affairs, playing with grandchildren

Five recent publications

  • Schütte, S., Schulze, R.E. and Scholes, M. 2021. Impacts of Soil Carbon on Hydrological Processes and Responses – A Sensitivity Study across Diverse Climatic Zones in South Africa. South African Journal of Science, 117(5/6) Art#8118. https://doi.org/10.17159/sajs.2021/8118. 9 pp.
  • Johnson, K.A., Smithers, J.C and Schulze, R.E. 2021. A review of methods to account for impacts of non-stationary climate data on extreme rainfalls for design rainfall estimation in South Africa. Journal of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering, 63 (3), 55-61.
  • Schulze, R.E., Davis, N.S. and Schütte, S. 2021. Practitioners’ Handbook for Undertaking Current and Projected Future Climate Related Risk and Vulnerability Assessments in the Vaal Water Management Area. Report to Department of Environment, Forestry & Fisheries by Isikhungusethu Environmental Services (Pty) Ltd, Pietermaritzburg. pp 47.
  • Schulze, R.E. and Davis, N.S. 2023. Threats of Extreme Weather-Related Events: Improving the Resilience of QwaQwa to Multiple Risks of Climate Change from a Hydro-Climatic Perspective. Water Research Commission, Pretoria, RSA, WRC Report C2019/2020-00239. pp 185.
  • Davis, N.S. and Schulze, R.E. 2023. Updated Determination of Climatically Suitable Growth Areas in South Africa for Macadamias under Present Climatic and Projected Climate Change Conditions. Report by Isikhungusethu Environmmental Services (Pty) Ltd to Macadamia South Africa (SAMAC). pp 112.