Mr Simphiwe Ngcobo

Mr Simphiwe Ngcobo

Tel: +27 33 260 6184

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Centre for Water Resources Research (CWRR)

Agriculture Campus

University of KwaZulu-Natal




Hydrology Lecturer and PhD Candidate


Mr Simphiwe Ngcobo is currently a Hydrology Lecturer at the Centre for Water Resources at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. His research interests include understanding the dynamics between anthropogenic global change (land use change and climate change) and hydrological processes and responses; the application of hydrological modelling in impact studies; mapping the impacts of global change on water resources across various spatial and temporal scales; and water resources policy development and resource governance. He was previously employed as a Hydrologist by Eskom Holdings and Jones and Wagener Engineering and Environmental Consultants. He is currently pursuing a PhD focused on detailing the multiscale drivers and impacts of land use change on water resources across Southern Africa..


BSc in Hydrology and Soil Science (First Class), University of KwaZulu-Natal, 2009
BSc Honours in Hydrology (First Class), University of KwaZulu-Natal, 2010
MSc in Hydrology (Cum Laude), University of KwaZulu-Natal, 2012

Selected Recent Publications

Ngcobo, S., Jewitt, G.P.W., Stuart-Hill, S.I. and Warburton, M.L. 2013. Impacts of Global Change on southern African Water Resource Systems. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (5):655-666.

Ngcobo, S. 2012. Vulnerability and Adaptation in the Context of Policy Development, Governance and Water Quality Management. In: Stuart-Hill, S. (Editor). 2012. Developing water related climate change adaptation options to support implementation of policy and strategies for Water for Growth and Development. WRC Research Project K5/1965. Water Research Commission, Pretoria, South Africa.

Riddell, E.S, Khan, A., Mauck, B., Ngcobo, S., Pasi, J., Pickles, A., Pickles, J., Sithole, Z., Lorentz, S.A. and Govender, N. 2012. Preliminary Assessment of the Impact of Long-Term Fire Treatments on In Situ Soil Hydrology in the Kruger National Park. Koedoe (54): 1070-1077.

Ngcobo, S. 2011. Impacts of Climate Change on Water Quality Constituents and Implications for Adaptation. In: Lumsden, T and Warburton, M. (Editors). 2011. Projected Impacts of Climate Change on Water Quantity and Quality in the Mgeni Catchment. WRC Research Project K5/1961. Water Research Commission, Pretoria, South Africa.