Dr. Kawawa Banda

Department of Geology
Head of Department
Senior Lecturer

Academic Qualifications:

  • PhD in Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark,   Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Masters in Integrated Water Resources Management, University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia. 
  • Bachelors of Mineral Science (with Merit), University of Zambia, Department of Geology, Lusaka – Zambia. 

Dr. Kawawa Banda is a young academic in the Department of Geology at the School of Mines, University of Zambia, though on study leave at the University of Venda, South Africa till August, 2018. He joined the University in 2011 after completion of his staff development program as a junior lecturer. Within a few months, he left for PhD studies on special permission to Denmark. He currently holds a PhD degree in Environmental Engineering, from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in Copenhagen, Denmark – graduated September, 2015. His research focus was on assessment of groundwater salinity problems in Western Zambia. Currently on his Post-doc, he is focusing on impacts of mining on the environment from mine waste and tailings. He has a master’s degree in Integrated Water Resources Management (2011) and a Bachelor of Mineral Science (Geology, with Merit) in 2008, both of the University of Zambia. Kawawa’s research interests are in Environmental Geology, Remote Sensing, Hydrogeology and Water Resources Management. He is currently supervising three masters’ students within his research interest. In the framework of public service, he is a member of the Sub-committee on Water Resources Development in the Ministry of Energy and Water Development. He is also a member of the technical committee member for the Committee for development of groundwater regulation for Zambia coordinated by Water Resources Management Authority (WARMA). 

Membership of professional bodies 

  • Engineering Institute of Zambia 
  • International Hydrogeology Society
  • Geological Society of South Africa
  • Geological Society of Zambia 
Research Interests

Water resources management, hydrogeology, hydrology, remote sensing and environment quality modelling.


Google Scholar

  1. Samboko, H. T., Schurer, S., Savenije, H. H. G., Makurira, H., Banda, K. & Winsemius, H. 2023. Towards affordable 3D physics-based river flow rating: application over the Luangwa River basin. Geosci. Instrum. Method. Data Syst., 12, 155-169. 10.5194/gi-12-155-2023.
  2. Simaubi M, K Banda, J Levy, J Meiman, I Nyambe, 2023. Dye tracing of the Lusaka Karstified Aquifer system: Implications towards urban groundwater quality protection. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 195, 732, 1-14. 10.1007/s10661-023-11272-z
  3. Muchanga, M., Sichingabula, H. M., Wankie, R., Banda, K., Chisanga, C. & Mubanga, K. H. 2023. Impact of Sedimentation and Bathymetry of Selected Small Reservoirs on the Priority Water-Linked Sectors in the Zambezi River Basin. Journal of Geography and Geology, 15. DOI:10.5539/jgg.v15n1p27
  4. Zimba, H., Coenders-Gerrits, M., Banda, K., Hulsman, P., van de Giesen, N., Nyambe, I. & Savenije, H. H. G. 2023. On the importance of phenology in the evaporative process of the Miombo Woodland: Could it be why satellite-based evaporation estimates differ? Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., 2023, 1-30. 10.5194/hess-2023-39.
  5. Banda, K., Mulema, M., Chomba, I., Chomba, M., Levy, J. & Nyambe, I. 2023. Investigating groundwater and surface water interactions using remote sensing, hydrochemistry, and stable isotopes in the Barotse Floodplain, Zambia. Geology, Ecology, and Landscapes, 1-16. 10.1080/24749508.2023.2202450.
  6. Zimba, H., Coenders-Gerrits, M., Banda, K., Schilperoort, B., van de Giesen, N., Nyambe, I. & Savenije, H. H. G. 2023. Phenophase-based comparison of field observations to satellite-based actual evaporation estimates of a natural woodland: miombo woodland, southern Africa. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 27, 1695-1722. 10.5194/hess-27-1695-2023.
  7. Banda, K., Ngwenya, V., Mulema, M., Chomba, I., Chomba, M. & Nyambe, I. 2023. Influence of water quality on benthic macroinvertebrates in a groundwater-dependent wetland. Frontiers in Water, 5. 10.3389/frwa.2023.1177724.
  8. Banda, A. M., Banda, K., Sakala, E., Chomba, M. & Nyambe, I. A. 2023. Assessment of land use change in the wetland of Barotse Floodplain, Zambezi River Sub-Basin, Zambia. Natural Hazards, 115, 1193-1211. 10.1007/s11069-022-05589-0
  9. Munanku, T., Banda, K., Nyimbili, P.H., Mhlongo, S.E. and Masinja, J., 2023. Development of a multi-criteria decision analysis tool for the assessment of the potential pollution risk of tailings dumps to the environment–An approach validated using selected Zambian Mine tailings. Journal of African Earth Sciences, p.104880.
  10. Wedmore, L. N. J., Turner, T., Biggs, J., Williams, J. N., Sichingabula, H. M., Kabumbu, C. & Banda, K. 2022. The Luangwa Rift Active Fault Database and fault reactivation along the southwestern branch of the East African Rift. Solid Earth, 13, 1731-1753. 10.5194/se-13-1731-2022.
  11. Kleinschroth, F., Banda, K., Zimba, H., Dondeyne, S., Nyambe, I., Spratley, S. & Winton, R. S. 2022. Drone imagery to create a common understanding of landscapes. Landscape and Urban Planning, 228, 104571. 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2022.104571.
  12. Chomba, I. C., Banda, K. E., Winsemius, H. C., Eunice, M., Sichingabula, H. M. & Nyambe, I. A. 2022. Integrated Hydrologic-Hydrodynamic Inundation Modeling in a Groundwater Dependent Tropical Floodplain. Journal of Human, Earth, and Future, 3, 237-246.
  13. Banda, A. M., Banda, K., Sakala, E., Chomba, M. & Nyambe, I. A. 2022. Assessment of the Wetland Ecosystem Services Status and Their Uses in the Barotse Flood Plains of Zambezi Sub Basin, Zambia. Journal of Food Technology & Nutrition Sciences. SRC/JFTNS/152. DOI: doi. org/10.47363/JFTNS/2022 (3), 137, 2-7.
  14. Munyai L., Dondofema F., Banda K., Mutoti M., Gumbo J., 2022. Satellite derived estimation of Chlorophyll-A on harmful algal blooms (HABS) in selected dams of Vhembe District, Limpopo Province. International Journal of Environmental Impacts. DOI: 10.2495/EI-V5-N4-362-374
  15. Chisanga, C.B., Mubanga, K.H., Sichigabula, H., Banda, K., Muchanga, M., Ncube, L., van Niekerk, H.J., Zhao, B., Mkonde, A.A. and Rasmeni, S.K., 2022. Modelling climatic trends for the Zambezi and Orange River Basins: implications on water security. Journal of Water and Climate Change, 13(3), pp.1275-1296. Doi:10.2166/wcc.2022.308 
  16. Toyoda, K., Nakano, S., Tanaka, S., Banda, K., Nyambe, I.A., Ishikawa, T., Nakayama, S. and Ishizuka, M., 2022. Geochemical identification of particulate lead pollution in shallow groundwater in inhabited areas in Kabwe, Zambia. Applied Geochemistry, p.105215 .
  17. Samboko, H.T., Schurer, S., Savenije, H.H., Makurira, H., Banda, K. and Winsemius, H., 2022. Evaluating low-cost topographic surveys for computations of conveyance. Geoscientific Instrumentation, Methods and Data Systems, 11(1), pp.1-23.
  18. Winton, R.S., Teodoru, C.R., Calamita, E., Kleinschroth, F., Banda, K., Nyambe, I. and Wehrli, B., 2021. Anthropogenic influences on Zambian water quality: hydropower and land-use change. Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts, 23(7), pp.981-994.
  19. Lehner, B., Katiyo, L., Chivava, F., Sichingabula, H.M., Nyirenda, E., Rivers‐Moore, N.A., Paxton, B.R., Grill, G., Nyoni, F., Shamboko‐Mbale, B. and Banda, K., 2021. Identifying priority areas for surface water protection in data scarce regions: An integrated spatial analysis for Zambia. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 31(8), pp.1998-2016.
  20. Chomba, I.C., Banda, K.E., Winsemius, H.C., Chomba, M.J., Mataa, M., Ngwenya, V., Sichingabula, H.M., Nyambe, I.A. and Ellender, B., 2021. A Review of Coupled Hydrologic-Hydraulic Models for Floodplain Assessments in Africa: Opportunities and Challenges for Floodplain Wetland Management. Hydrology, 8(1), p.44.
  21. Phiri, W.K., Vanzo, D., Banda, K., Nyirenda, E. and Nyambe, I.A. 2021. A pseudo-reservoir concept in SWAT model for the simulation of an alluvial floodplain in a complex tropical river system. Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies 33, 100770.
  22. Zimba, H.; Coenders-Gerrits, M.; Banda, K.; Savenije, H.; Nyambe, I.; Winsemius, H. 2020. Variations in Canopy Cover and Its Relationship with Canopy Water and Temperature in the Miombo Woodland Based on Satellite Data. Hydrology, 7, 58.
  23. Silwamba, M., Ito, M., Hiroyoshi, N., Tabelin, C.B., Fukushima, T., Park, I., Jeon, S., Igarashi, T., Sato, T., Nyambe, I., Chirwa, M., Banda, K., Nakata, H., Nakayama, S. and Ishizuka, M. 2020. Detoxification of lead-bearing zinc plant leach residues from Kabwe, Zambia by coupled extraction-cementation method. Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering 8(4), 104197
  24. Silwamba, M.; Ito, M.; Hiroyoshi, N.; Tabelin, C.B.; Hashizume, R.; Fukushima, T.; Park, I.; Jeon, S.; Igarashi, T.; Sato, T.; Chirwa, M.; Banda, K.; Nyambe, I.; Nakata, H.; Nakayama, S.; Ishizuka, M. 2020. Recovery of Lead and Zinc from Zinc Plant Leach Residues by Concurrent Dissolution-Cementation Using Zero-Valent Aluminum in Chloride Medium. Metals, 10, 531.
  25. Samboko, H.T., Abas, I., Luxemburg, W.M.J., Savenije, H.H.G., Makurira, H., Banda, K. and Winsemius, H.C. 2020. Evaluation and improvement of remote sensing-based methods for river flow management. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, Parts A/B/C 117, 102839.
  26. Banda, K. E., Mwandira, W., Jakobsen, R., Ogola, J., Nyambe, I. & Larsen, F. 2019. Mechanism of salinity change and hydrogeochemical evolution of groundwater in the Machile-Zambezi Basin, South-western Zambia. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 153, 72-82.
  27. Mwandira, W., Nakashima, K., Kawasaki, S., Ito, M., Sato, T., Igarashi, T., Banda, K., Chirwa, M., Nyambe, I., Nakayama, S. & Ishizuka, M. 2019a. Efficacy of biocementation of lead mine waste from the Kabwe Mine site evaluated using Pararhodobacter sp. Environ Sci Pollut Res Int.
  28. Mwandira, W., Nakashima, K., Kawasaki, S., Ito, M., Sato, T., Igarashi, T., Chirwa, M., Banda, K., Nyambe, I., Nakayama, S., Nakata, H. & Ishizuka, M. 2019b. Solidification of sand by Pb(II)-tolerant bacteria for capping mine waste to control metallic dust: Case of the abandoned Kabwe Mine, Zambia. Chemosphere, 228, 17-25.


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