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Dleme Richard Tswai

First name
Dleme Richard
Last name
Nominating Country
Date of Nomination
Other Disciplines
Earth Observation (optical & SAR) 2. Modeling
Thematic areas of disciplines: Land degradation assessment, Land cover mapping, water resources assessment Mapping, vegetation/ crop monitoring
UN languages spoken



Geographical Focus
Job function
Senior researcher
Geoinformation Science
Name of Organisation
Agricultural Research Institute
Nature of Organisation
Agricultural Research Council
Street Address Organisation
600 Belvedere Street, Arcadia
City Organisation
Post code Organisation
Country Organisation
South Africa
Telephone number
+27 (0)123102584 /+27(0)123102500
Work experience
National Landcover 2000: Field survey and digital image classification of Landsat images;
Development of crop monitoring system: Capturing of field data (soil moisture, leaf area index spectral signatures), database design & maintenance data analysis and interpretation;
Food Insecurity Vulnerability Information Mapping System Project: Extended house hold survey, data analysis and report writing;
National Crop Statistics: Delineate crop field boundaries using SPOT, Landsat and aerial photos;
Burn scar mapping: MODIS image differencing, interpretation, digitizing and map design;
Gully Erossion mapping: Image processing, gully model design, interpret model results and report writing;
AGIS migratory pest information system: Needs assessment, Conceptual design, administration of web design, report writing;
South African Agricultural Green House Gas Inventory for 2004: Data collection( MODIS Burn Scar data, Land cover data, field classification data), processing & interpretation, and report writing;
Waterlogging Assessment and monitoring: Detect , characterize and quantify waterlogging using GIS and remote sensing and report writing;
Exploratory Study in support of the planned South African EO-Sat1 for
agricultural applications (crops and rangelands) : Literature review, user survey, spectral bands recommendations for planned EO-Sat 1;
Phase 1 of desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD) land cover mapping impact indicator of the United Nations Convention To Combat Desertification (UNCCD):
Project management, data capturing, analysis, report writing and recommendations
Highest Academic achievement and qualification
B.Sc in Physics and chemistry, University of Limpopo, RSA, 999
M.Sc in Remote sensing - UPMC, France, 2003
Post Graduate Diploma in Engineering - Electronic engineering, University of Stellenbosch, RSA, 2001
Publication titles
1. Otter, Luanne & Moeletsi, Mokhele & Swanepoel, Corrie & Tswai, Richard & Kidson, Michael. (2010). The South African Agricultural GHG inventory for 2004. RESEARCHGATE.
2. Weepener, Harold & le Roux, J.J. & van den Berg, E.C. & Tswai, D.R. & Nell, J.P.. (2015). Developing Methods for Converting Digitized Rivers into a Hydrological Drainage Network. 10.13140/RG.2.2.22154.88006.
Technical reports
 Le Roux J, Tswai R & Germishuyse T, 2008. Towards a fully distributed modelling structure to assess sediment yield in the Mkabela catchments in KwaZulu-Natal. Report GW/A/2008/29, ARC, Pretoria.
 Tswai DR, Swanepoel CM & Mashimbye ZE, 2009. Estimating Soil Water Status from Radar satellite data. Report GW/A/2009/27, ARC, Pretoria.
 Mashimbye, ZE, Ramoelo, A, Tswai, R, Chow, M, Mutanga, O. 2014. The exploratory study in support of the planned South African EO-SAT 1 for Agricultural applications (crops & rangelends).SANSA report, Pretoria.
 HL Weepener; JJ le Roux, EC van den Berg; DR Tswai & JP Nell, 2015. Developing methods for converting digitised rivers into a hydrological drainage network. WRC Report No. 2164/1/15, ISBN No: 978-1-4312-0666-7, WRC, Pretoria.
 R Tswai, J Malherbe, C Dekker, ZE Mashimbye, EC Van den Berg, A Nyamugama, MAM Abd Elbasit, JG Chirima, JP Nell, and V Nkambule.2016. Phase 1 of desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD) land cover mapping impact indicator of the United Nations Convention To Combat Desertification (UNCCD). ARC, Pretoria.