Prof. Desmond Manatsa
- PhD in Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (University of Tokyo, Japan)
- MSc in Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, with distinction (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
- MSc in Climatology and Weather Forecasting, with excellence (Russian State University of Hydrometeorology, St Petersburg, Russia).
Department of Geography
Astra Campus, Trojan Rd
Bindura University of Science Education
P. Bag 1020
Prof. Manatsa is a Senior Lecturer at Bindura University of Science Education. His first employer was the Zimbabwe Meteorological Services as a Senior Meteorologist where he was the head of the Central Forecasting Office before being promoted to head the Climate Services Section. He joined Bindura University of Science Education after leaving the Meteorological Services in 2004.
Prof. Manatsa did his first degree at the Russian State University of Hydrometeorology where he graduated with the title of Engineer Meteorologist (with Excellence). He later went to the University of Cape Town in South Africa, where he did his Masters Degree in Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences and graduated with a Distinction. He then proceeded to do his PhD with the University of Tokyo in Japan where he was honoured with a gold medal award after successful completion of studies by his PhD Scholarship sponsors, the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Overseas Fellowships of Japan.
As an academic, he has published 28 articles in scientific refereed journals, compiled a book on hazards which is being used in Zimbabwe secondary schools. He is also a reviewer of 12 scientific refereed journals and has done more than 10 consultancies. His main contribution to international scientific research was a paper which was published in the Journal of Nature as the first author on the ‘Ozone hole warming of summer temperatures over southern Africa’ which was the first published work to establish a link between the Ozone hole and the summer temperatures of southern Africa. His research interests are climatology, ocean atmosphere interactions, climate of east and southern Africa, the science of climate change and natural hazards.
Published Research Work in Peer Reviewed Scientific Journals.
- Manatsa D and Reason CJC. (2016) ENSO-Kalahari Desert linkage on Southern Africa summer Surface Air Temperature variability. International Journal of Climatology, Royal Meteorological Society, DOI: 10.1002/joc.4806
- Mushore D., Manatsa D., Pedzisai E., Mudavanhu C. (2016). Investigating the implications of meteorological indicators of seasonal rainfall performance on maize yield in a rain-fed agricultural system: Case study of Mt Darwin District in Zimbabwe. Theor Appl Climatol DOI 10.1007/s00704-016-1838-2.
- E. Efon, A. Lenouo, D. Monkam and D. Manatsa, (2016). Cloud properties during active and break spells of the west african summer monsoon from CloudSat-CALIPSO measurements, Journal of Atmospheric and Solar Terrestrial Physics, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jastp.2016.04.001.
- Manatsa D., T.D. Mushore and A Lenouo (2015). Improved Predictability of Droughts over southern Africa using the Standardized Precipitation Evapotranspiration Index and ENSO. Theoretical and Applied Climatology. DOI: 10.1007/s00704-015-1632-6.
- Mudavanhu C. Manyena B.S, Collins A.E, Bongo P., Mavhura E., Manatsa D, Taking Children’s Voices in Disaster Risk Reduction a Step Forward. Int. J. Disaster Risk Sci. DOI: 10.1007/s13753-015-0060-7
- Manatsa D., C. Mudavanhu, T.D. Mushore , E. Mavhura (2015). Linking Major Shifts in East Africa ‘Short Rains’ to the Southern Annular Mode. International Journal of Climatology, The Royal Meteorological Society. DOI:10.1002/joc.4443.
- Mavhura E, Manatsa D and Mushore T (2015). Adaption to Drought in Arid and Semi Arid Environments: Case study of the Zambezi Valley, Zimbabwe. Jamba Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies; 7, No 1, 7 doi:10.4102/ jamba. v7i1.44.
- Matarira C., Shava E., Pedzisai E., Manatsa D (2014). Food insecurity in mountain communities of Lesotho. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. Vol 9.2. 280-296, doi: 10.1080/19320248.2014.898170
- Manatsa D., Y. Morioka, S. K. Behera, T. D. Mushore, R. Mugandani (2014). Linking the Southern Annular Mode to the Diurnal Temperature Range Shifts over Southern Africa. International Journal of Climatology, The Royal Meteorological Society. DOI: 10.1002/joc. 4281.
- Manatsa D., CH. Matarira, T.D. Mushore , C. Mudavanhu (2014). Southern Africa winter temperature shifts and their link to the Southern Annular Mode”. Journal of Climate Dynamics. DOI: 10.1007/s00382-015-2474-8
- Chingombe, W, Pedzisai, E., Manatsa, D, Mukwada G, and Taru P. (2014). A Participatory Approach in GIS Data Collection for Flood Risk Management; Muzarabani District, Zimbabwe. Arabian Journal of Geosciences. DOI 10.1007/s12517-014-1265-6
- Matarira C.H, Pullanikkatil D, Kaseke T, Shava E, Manatsa D, (2013) “Socio-economic impacts of climate change on subsistence communities: Some observations from Lesotho”,International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, 5, 4, pp.404 – 417 . DOI: 10.1108/IJCCSM-06-2012-0034
- Mukwada G, D. Manatsa (2013). Geospatial and temporal analysis of drought years in Zimbabwe, 1940-1999. Geographia Polonica vol. 86, iss. 4, pp. 313-326 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7163/GPol.2013.26.
- Mavura E, S.B Manyena, A.E.Collins, D. Manatsa (2013). Indigenous knowledge, coping strategies and resilience to floods in Muzarabani, Zimbabwe. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, doi:10.1016/j.ijdrr.2013.07.001.
- Manatsa D and SK Behera (2013). On the major shifts in the IOD during the last Century, the role of the Mascarene High displacements. International Journal of Climatology, The Royal Meteorological Society DOI: 10.1002/joc.3820.
- Manatsa D, Yushi Morioka, Swadhin K. Behera, Toshi Yamagata, Caxton H. Matarira (2013). Ozone hole warming of summer temperatures over southern Africa. Nature Geoscience Journal. DOI: 10. 1038/NGEO1968.
- Manatsa D, Y Morioka, SK Behera, CH Matarira, T Yamagata (2013) Impact of Mascarene High variability on the East African ‘short rains’. Journal of Climate Dynamics DOI: 10.1007/s00382-013-1848-z
- Unganai LS, Troni L, Manatsa D, Mukarakate D (2013). Tailoring seasonal climate forecasts for climate risk management in rainfed farming systems of southeast Zimbabwe. Journal of Climate and Development. Doi 10.1080/17565529.2013.801823.
- Manatsa D. and SK Behera (2013). On the epochal strengthening in the relationship between rainfall of East Africa and IOD. Journal of Climate, Doi 10.1175/JCLI-D-12-00568.1.
- Matarira C, Deepa P, Shava E, Manatsa D. (2013) Socio Economic impacts of Climate Change on Subsistence communities in Lesotho. International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management. DOI: 10.1108/IJCCSM-06-2012-0034.
- Mukwada G and D Manatsa (2012). Assessment of Community based Natural Resource Management in the Savannas using the capacity continuum-Multiple Drivers Model. Journal of Human Ecology, vol 40(1): 69-84.
- Manatsa D. Unganai L, Gadzirai C (2012). An innovative tailored Seasonal Rainfall forecasting production in Zimbabwe. Journal of Natural Hazards, DOI: 10.1007/s11069-012-0286-2.
- Manatsa D, Mukwada G (2012). Rainfall Mechanisms for the Dominant Rainfall Mode over Zimbabwe Relative to ENSO and/or IODZM. The Scientific World Journal doi:10.1100/2012/926310.
- lManatsa D, B Chipindu and S. K Behera (2012). Shifts in IOD and their Impacts on Association with East Africa Rainfall. Theoretical and Applied Climatology. DOI: 10.1007/s00704-012-0610-5.
- Manatsa D., Nyakudya IW, Mukwada G.Matsikwa H, 2011: Estimating maize Yield in Zimbabwe using Satellite data. Journal of Natural Hazards, DOI: 10.1007/s11069-011-9765-0.
- Manatsa D., Reason CJC, Mukwada G, 2011: On the decoupling of the IODZM from southern African rainfall variability. International Journal of Climatology, Royal Meteorological Society, DOI: 10.1002/joc.2306.
- Mavhura E*, Zinyandu T, Chinyanganya TP, Manatsa D, Manyani A, Siziba E., 2010. A comparative study of the teaching and learning of physical and human Geograpgy at Advanced level in rural secondary schools in Makonde District in Mashonaland West. Southern African Journal of Science Education and Technology Vol 4, No 7.
- Ndlovu S, Mpofu V, Manatsa D., 2010: Mapping ground water aquifers using dowsing, slingram electromagnetic survey method and vertical sounding jointly in the granite rock formation: A case of Metshetshe rural area in Zimbabwe. Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa Vol 12, No 5.
- Manatsa D., Matarira CH, Mukwada G., 2010: Relative Impact of ENSO and Indian Ocean Dipole/zonal mode on east SADC rainfall. International Journal of Climatology, Royal Meteorological Society, DOI: 10.1002/joc.2086.
- Manatsa D., Mukwada G., Siziva E., Chinyanganya T. 2010: Analysis of Multidimensional aspects of agricultural Droughts in Zimbabwe using the Standardised Precipitation Index (SPI). Theoretical and Applied Climatology, DOI: 10.1007/s00704-010-0262-2.
- Manatsa D., Matarira CH, 2009: Changing dependence of Zimbabwean rainfall variability on ENSO and the Indian Ocean Dipole/zonal mode. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, DOI: 10.1007/s00704-009-0114-1.
- Manatsa D., Chingombe W, Matariara CH, 2008: The impact of the Indian Ocean Dipole on Zimbabwe Droughts. International Journal of Climatology, Royal Meteorological Society, Vol 28, 2011 – 2029, DOI: 10.1002/joc.1695.
- Manatsa D., Chingombe W, Matsikwa H, Matarira CH, 2008: The Superior influence of Darwin Sea Level pressure anomalies over ENSO as a simple Drought predictor for southern Africa. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, Vol 9 No 1-2.
- Chigwenya A, Manatsa D. 2007: The History of Natural Resource Management in Zimbabwe: A Chronicle of How Sustainable Resource Management has remained an Elusive Concept. Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa. Vol 9, No 2.
- Manatsa D., Chingombe W., 2005: Spatial and Temporal Trend of Rainfall-Runoff relationship in the upper Mazoe catchment: 1976-1996. Geographical Journal of Zimbabwe. No 35/36.
- Manatsa D., Chingombe W., 2005: A Vulnerability profile of hydrometeorological extremes for Central Southern Africa: A case study of Matabeleland South Province in Zimbabwe. Geographical Journal of Zimbabwe. No 33/34
BOOKS and Chapters:
- Compiled and authored Teachers Resource book for Disaster Risk Management (9 Chapters) as consultancy work for UNDP/Civil Protection Zimbabwe. (published 2010, currently used in all secondary and tertiary institutions).
- On the relative impacts of ENSO and the Indian Ocean Dipole/zonal mode on southern African Rainfall. 2011, Lambert Academic Publishers, ISBN 978-3-5465-0519-9.
- Manatsa D. Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment (Chapter four). Zimbabwe National Communication for United Nations Convection for Climate Change (UNFCC) 2012. Government of Zimbabwe, Ministry of Environment, UNEP, UNDP, 142 pp.
- Manatsa D. Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment (Chapter three). Zimbabwe Second National Communication for United Nations Convection for Climate Change (UNFCC) 2013. Government of Zimbabwe, Ministry of Environment, UNEP, UNDP, 99 pp.
- Manatsa D. Baseline report on climate change and development in Zimbabwe 2012. Government of Zimbabwe, Ministry of Economic Planning and Investment Promotion195 pp
Summary of major research projects
- Project leader for the British Council sponsored 3-year DeLPHE project (2009 – 2013) on ‘Reducing Vulnerabilities to Floods in Zimbabwe, Case of Muzarabani District’ involving Bindura University (Zimbabwe), Northumbria University (UK) and BRAC University (Bangaldesh)
- 2014 Highly Commended Paper Award: International Journal of Climate Change Strategies
- 2014 Outstanding Paper Award: International Journal of Climate Change Strategies.
- 2014 Gold Medal from Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Overseas Fellowship.
List of extension services
- Disaster Risk Reduction activities in the Muzarabani Region
- MOU with the Zimbabwe Department of Meteorological studies. Data acquisition and research
- MOU with Northumbria University (UK). Collaborative research
- MSc with Excellence (Russian State University of Hydrometeorology, St Petersburg, Russia)
- MSc with Distinction (University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa)
- PhD (University of Tokyo, Japan) with Medal from sponsor (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, JSPS) and results of thesis published in Nature Geoscience)