This report provides the Scientific Review results and recommendations regarding the existing surface and groundwater monitoring sites for all nine Water Management Areas following the Regional WMA Network Design Workshops held in Nelspruit, Cape Town, Durban,King Williams Town, Bela-Bela and Bloemfontein from March to June 2016. During these workshops theoretical monitoring network considerations for each WMA were presented to various stakeholders, and the considerations were used to review the existing networks and obtain changes and improvements to the networks as recommendations. The main objectives of the workshops were to review the existing monitoring networks against the prioritized National Monitoring Objectives in terms of:Existing sites meeting the identified objectives;
Redundancies in the existing monitoring network;
Gaps in the spatial coverage with regards to meeting important monitoring objectives;
Possible physical constraints associated with existing and potential new monitoring sites.
The results from these analyses are reported in the following sections:
Section 3: Scientific Review Approach.
Section 4: Outcomes of the WMA workshops. Contained in this section is a national summary of the scientific review outcomes and recommendations for both surface and groundwater monitoring.
Section 5:Recommendations. Accompanying this report is an Annexure that contain more detailed information with regards to the scientific review workshop outcome for South Africa’s nine Water Management Areas.Also included in the Annexure are appendices which also contain the design workshop agendas and attendance registers for nine aforementioned Regional Scientific Review Workshops.The national monitoring network covers the terrestrial, subterranean and coastal fresh water hydrological cycle components of South Africa. The network should ensure adequate national and regional spatial coverage and scientifically sound measurement of quantity, quality and biophysical properties of water resources at appropriate time intervals.
REVIEW, EVALUATION AND OPTIMISATION OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN WATER RESOURCES MONITORING NETWORK
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Place of Publication
Rossouw, J. D., & Musariri, M. (2016). Scientific Review Report. REVIEW, EVALUATION AND OPTIMISATION OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN WATER RESOURCES MONITORING NETWORK. Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/limpopo-policy/2