Blessing Kavhu

MSc in Geoinformatics

kavhublessing@gmail.com

Supervisors: Dr Linda Luvuno

Field of research

  • GIS
  • Remote Sensing
  • Geoinformatics
  • Water resource management
  • Wildlife ecology
  • Disease epidemiology

Profile

Blessing Kavhu is an early career GIS and Remote Sensing expert and also an Msc student for Geoinformatics at Stellenbosch University. He received his Bsc Honours in Geographical Information Science and Earth Observation from the University of Zimbabwe before eventually becoming a GIS and Remote Sensing expert for the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZPWMA). In addition to his GIS and Remote Sensing work, Blessing is an enthusiastic researcher and author of numerous peer reviewed publications. His work stretches to apply geospatial science in different fields which includes water resource management, wildlife ecology and disease epidemiology. Some of his work have been presented at various international forums in Africa and Europe. He collaborated in several projects with numerous researchers from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Nigeria, France and the United Kingdom. After his two and half-year career in the Geospatial fraternity he was awarded a bursary to do his MSc in Geoinformatics with funding from the USAID Resilient Waters Project.

In his MSc project titled: “Investigating the utility of machine learning and ensemble modelling to evaluate the drivers and impact of land use/cover change on natural resources in the Okavango basin”, Blessing aims to understand the effects of LULC change on surface water resources. It is also his impetus that his project will produce more accurate Land Use/ Land Cover (LULC) maps for the whole Okavango basin, detect the socio-ecological drivers of change and predict potential impacts of LULC on water resources in the future.