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 Mr. Henok Solomon

Position: Chief Officer
Department: Department of Earth Science
Faculty: Faculty of Natural Science
Qualifications: MSc Environmental & Water Science (Hydrogeology) (University of the Western Cape)

BSc (Hons) Chemistry & Geology (University of Asmara, Eritrea)
Tel: 021 959 2820
Fax: 021 959 3118


 Mr Solomon joined the University of the Western Cape (UWC) first as an ICT Facilitator in the E-Learning Division of the ICS department in 2005. In 2009 he joined the Earth Sciences Department as a Senior GIS/IT Officer. He obtained his first 4 year BSc Hons degree in Chemistry and Geology with Education background from the University of Asmara (Eritrea) and MSc Environmental & Water Science (Cum Laude) (Hydrogeology) from UWC. Since 2005, Mr Solomon has been involved in several IT and related projects with the School of Postgraduate Studies, Centre for Innovative Educational Communication Technologies (CIECT) and others. In 2007, he started working with the UNESCO Chair in Hydrogelogy at UWC as a Training Department Coordinator and has organized several international and local workshops/conferences. From 2009 to 2014, Mr Solomon has been managing the IT needs/requirements, third year and honours GIS modules, departmental website and e-teaching site, the Highly Immersive Visualization Environment (HIVE) as well as a near real time satellite data ground reception system (GEONETCast) in the Earth Sciences Department. In 2015 Mr. Solomon was promoted to a position of Chief Officer and he has been managing the Professional Support division of the Earth Science department and invovled in more undergraduate lecturing and postgraduate supervision. Mr Solomon has a strong background in chemistry, groundwater quality, multivariate statistical analysis, spatial analysis (GIS) as well as intermediate background in remote sensing.


  • Janssens de Bisthoven, L., Vanhove, M. P. M., Rochette, A. J., Hugé, J., Verbesselt, S., Machunda, R., Munishi, L., Wynants, M., Steensels, A., Malan-Meerkotter, M., Henok, S., Nhiwatiwa, T., Casier, B., Kiwango, Y.A., Kaitila, R., Komakech, H., & Brendonck, L. (2020). Social-ecological assessment of Lake Manyara basin, Tanzania: A mixed method approach. Journal of Environmental Management, 267.

    Wynants, M., Patrick, A., Taylor, A., Millward, G., Solomon, H., Gilvear, D., … Blake, W. (2019). Identifying sources and dynamics of eroded sediment in an East-African rift lake using erosion modelling and sediment fingerprinting. In EGU General Assembly 2019 (Vol. 21). Vienna. Retrieved from

    Wynants, M., Solomon, H., Ndakidemi, P., & Blake, W. H. (2018). Pinpointing areas of increased soil erosion risk following land cover change in the Lake Manyara catchment, Tanzania. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 71, 1-8. doi:
    Nolakana, P., Siad, A., & Solomon, H. (2017). EVALUATION OF GROUNDWATER SUITABILITY FOR DOMESTIC AND IRRIGATIONAL PURPOSES IN NEWCASTLE, KWAZULU-NATAL, SOUTH AFRICA. Visnyk of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Geology (1), 76.
    Wynants, M., Munishi, L., Solomon, H., Grenfell, M., Taylor, A., Millward, G., . . . Blake, W. (2017). The response of sediment source and transfer dynamics to land use (change) in the Lake Manyara catchment. Paper presented at the EGU General Assembly Conference, 19 5547.  Retrieved from
    Nolakana, P., Siad, A., & Solomon, H. (2016). Geochemical evaluation of groundwater quality in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Visnyk of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Geology (3), 74.
    Solomon, H. G. (2013). Application of multivariate statistics and geographic information systems (GIS) to map groundwater quality in the beaufort west area, western cape, south africa (Unpublished theisis in environmental and water science (master's thesis)). University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa. Retrieved from
    Braune, E., Hollingworth, B., Xu, Y., Nel, M., Mahed, G & Solomon, H. (2008). Protocol for the Assessment of the Status of Sustainable Utilization and Management of Groundwater Resources with Special Reference to Southern Africa (Report No. TT318/08). South Africa: Report to the Water Research Commission by the UNESCO Chair in Hydrogeology, University of the Western Cape, Project No: TT 318, ISBN No: 978-1-77005-712-8.



 • UNESCO Chair in Hydrogeology at the University of the Western Cape
• International Association of Hydrogeologists
• Groundwater Division of the Geological Society of South Africa (GWDGSSA)
• Framework Programme for Research, Education and Training in Water (FETWater)

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